However, in 2024, amendments to the Environmental Permitting Regulations will see significant changes to the England and Wales Exemption regime.
The timetable for implementation is expected to be:
- Those operating under the exemptions being removed – U16, T8, T9 – with have 3 months from the date the Environmental Permitting Regulation amendments come into force to apply for a permit.
- Those operating under T4, T6, T12 or D7 will have 6 months where their continued activity exceeds to new conditions.
- Those operating under a U1, S1 or S2 will have 12 months.
Scotland operates under a different Exemption regime which can be found here.
By registering an Exemption, a business effectively places themselves on the EA radar who then have the right to visit the site to ensure it is operating to necessary criteria. An Exemption lasts for 3 years.
If you require assistance with registering Exemptions, please contact 360 Environmental.
Where links are shown, these will connect to the EA explanation of the requirements.
The The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 show all the new Exemptions in Schedule 3.
Defra have produced Draft Guidance on how the new Exemptions will work.
|Use of waste
|Use of waste for construction
|Use of baled tyres in construction
|Use of construction waste for exhibits etc
|Burning of waste as a fuel in a small plant
|Use of biodiesel derived from waste
|Use of sludge for the purposes of re-seeding a waste water treatment plant
|Use of effluent to clean a highway gravel bed
|Use of waste for a specified purpose
|Use of waste to manufacture finished goods
|Spreading waste on agricultural land to confer benefit
|Spreading waste on non-agricultural land to confer benefit
|Use of mulch
|Spreading of plant matter to confer benefit
|Incorporation of ash into soil
|Pig and poultry ash
|Use of depolluted end-of-life vehicles for vehicle parts
|Deposit of waste from dredging of inland waters
|Deposit of waste from a railway sanitary convenience
|Deposit of waste from a portable sanitary convenience
|Deposit of agricultural waste consisting of plant tissue under a Plant Health notice
|Depositing samples of waste for the purposes of testing or analysing them
|Disposal by incineration
|Burning waste in the open
|Burning waste at a port under a Plant Health notice
|Cleaning, washing, spraying or coating relevant waste
|Recovery of textiles
|T3 (local authority)
|Treatment of waste metals and metal alloys by heating for the purposes of removing grease etc
|Preparatory treatments (baling, sorting, shredding etc)
|Screening and blending of waste
|Treatment of waste wood and waste plant matter by chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising
|T7 (local authority)
|Treatment of waste bricks, tiles and concrete by crushing, grinding or reducing in size
|Mechanical treatment of end-of-life tyres
|Recovery of scrap metal
|Sorting mixed waste
|Repair or refurbishment of WEEE
|Manual treatment of waste
|Treatment of waste food
|Crushing and emptying waste vehicle oil filters
|Treatment of waste aerosol cans
|Treatment of waste toner cartridges by sorting, dismantling, cleaning or refilling
|Crushing waste fluorescent tubes
|Dewatering using flocculants
|Physical treatment of waste edible oil and fat to produce biodiesel
|Treatment of waste at a water treatment works
|Recovery of waste at a waste water treatment works
|Treatment of animal by-product waste at a collection centre
|Aerobic composting and associated prior treatment
|Anaerobic digestion at premises used for agriculture and burning of resultant biogas
|Anaerobic digestion at premises not used for agriculture and burning of resultant biogas
|Treatment of kitchen waste in a wormery
|Treatment of sheep dip for disposal
|Sorting and de-naturing of controlled drugs for disposal
|Treatment of non-hazardous pesticide washings by carbon filtration for disposal
|Recovery of silver
|Recovery of monopropylene glycol from aircraft antifreeze fluids
|Treatment of waste in a biobed or biofilter
|Recovery of central heating oil by filtration
|Storage of waste in secure containers
|Storage of waste in a secure place
|Storage of sludge