Construction and demolition sites, PPG6: prevent pollution

Guidance on how to prevent pollution and comply with environmental law at construction and demolition sites.

This publication was withdrawn on

All pollution prevention guidance (PPGs) that was previously maintained by the Environment Agency has been withdrawn from use and can now be found on The National Archives.

Pollution prevention guidance contained a mix of regulatory requirements and good practice advice. The Environment Agency does not provide ‘good practice’ guidance.

Current guidance explains how to: report an environmental incident, get permission to discharge to surface or groundwater, manage business and commercial waste, store oil and any oil storage regulations, discharge sewage with no mains drainage, work on or near water and manage water on land.


PPG6 Construction and demolition sites: prevent pollution

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Pollution Prevention Guidance 6 (PPG 6) provides information about complying with environmental laws and preventing pollution at construction and demolition sites. It is for site managers, foremen and supervisors.

It includes advice on planning activities, site drainage, excavation, storing and using oils and chemicals, cement and concrete, land contamination, waste management and dealing with environmental incidents.

Published 1 April 2012
Last updated 23 April 2014 + show all updates
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