Environmental management – collection

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.