Waste exemptions: using waste

Read through the list of using 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.

Using waste exemptions

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