Waste exemptions: treating waste

Read through the list of treating waste exemptions to see if there is one available for your waste operation. You need to comply with the limits and conditions set out.

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

Treating waste exemptions

  1. Waste exemption: T1 cleaning, washing, spraying or coating relevant waste
  2. Waste exemption: T2 recovering textiles
  3. Waste exemption: T4 preparatory treatments, such as, baling, sorting, shredding
  4. Waste exemption: T5 screening and blending waste
  5. Waste exemption: T6 treating waste wood and waste plant matter by chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising
  6. Waste exemption: T8 mechanically treating end-of-life tyres
  7. Waste exemption: T9 recovering scrap metal
  8. Waste exemption: T10 sorting mixed waste
  9. Waste exemption: T11 repairing or refurbishing waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
  10. Waste exemption: T12 manually treating waste
  11. Waste exemption: T13 treating waste food
  12. Waste exemption: T14 crushing and emptying vehicle waste oil filters
  13. Waste exemption: T15 treating waste aerosol cans
  14. Waste exemption: T16 treating waste toner and ink cartridges
  15. Waste exemption: T17 crushing waste fluorescent tubes
  16. Waste exemption: T18 using flocculants to remove water from waste
  17. Waste exemption: T19 physical and chemical treatment of waste edible oil and fat to produce biodiesel
  18. Waste exemption: T20 treating waste at a water treatment works
  19. Waste exemption: T21 recover waste at a waste water treatment works
  20. Waste exemption: T23 aerobic composting and associated prior treatment
  21. Waste exemption: T24 anaerobic digestion at premises used for agriculture and burning resulting biogas
  22. Waste exemption: T25 anaerobic digestion at premises not used for agriculture and burning resulting biogas
  23. Waste exemption: T26 treatment of kitchen waste in a wormery
  24. Waste exemption: T27 treatment of sheep dip using organophosphate-degrading enzyme
  25. Waste exemption: T28 sort and denature controlled drugs for disposal
  26. Waste exemption: T29 treatment of non-hazardous pesticide washings by carbon filtration for disposal
  27. Waste exemption: T30 recover silver
  28. Waste exemption: T31 recover monopropylene glycol from aircraft antifreeze fluids
  29. Waste exemption: T32 treatment of waste in a biobed or biofilter
  30. Waste exemption: T33 recover central heating oil by filtration
Published 28 April 2014