A waste exemption is a waste operation that is exempt from needing an environmental permit. Each exemption has specific limits and conditions you need to operate within.
If you want to operate under a waste exemption you must register that exemption with the Environment Agency. If you don’t, you will not be exempt from needing a permit.
Each registration lasts 3 years. The registration will then expire unless you re-register the exemptions you want to continue to use.
Registering an exemption does not remove the need to apply for other permits or permissions. For example, you may need planning permission for your waste operation, or a water discharge permit. Find out more about environmental permits.
There are 3 waste treatment exemptions that you need to register with other authorities and not the Environment Agency. These are:
- T3 – treatment of waste metals and metal alloys by heating for the purposes of removing grease
- T7 – treatment of waste bricks, tiles and concrete by crushing, grinding or reducing in size
- T22 – treatment of animal by-product waste at a collection centre
You register T3 and T7 with the local authority where you have your principle place of business. If this is outside England and Wales, it should be with the local authority where the operation will be carried out.
You register T22 with the authority responsible for granting an authorisation under the Animal By-products Regulations.
A full description of T3, T7 and T22 can be found at Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010