Using waste: waste exemptions

List of exemptions for using waste, for example as building material, fuel or fertiliser. You must comply with the specific rules of each exemption.

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 do not, you will not be exempt from needing a permit.

Each registration lasts 3 years. The registration will then expire unless you renew 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.

Using waste exemptions

  1. U1 waste exemption: use of waste in construction
  2. U2 waste exemption: use of baled end-of-life tyres in construction
  3. U3 waste exemption: construction of entertainment or educational installations
  4. U4 waste exemption: burning waste as fuel in a small appliance
  5. U5 waste exemption: using biodiesel produced from waste as fuel
  6. U6 waste exemption: using sludge to reseed a waste water treatment plant
  7. U7 waste exemption: using effluent to clean a highway gravel bed
  8. U8 waste exemption: using waste for a specified purpose
  9. U9 waste exemption: using waste to manufacture finished goods
  10. U10 waste exemption: spreading waste to benefit agricultural land
  11. U11 waste exemption: spreading waste on non-agricultural land
  12. U12 waste exemption: using mulch
  13. U13 waste exemption: spreading plant matter to provide benefits
  14. U14 waste exemption: incorporating ash into soil
  15. U15 waste exemption: pig and poultry ash
  16. U16 waste exemption: using depolluted end-of-life vehicles for parts
Published 28 April 2014
Last updated 7 June 2019 + show all updates
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