Guidance

Low risk waste: activities that do not need a permit

Low risk waste management activities that do not need an environmental permit.

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See the latest low risk waste positions for activities that do not need a permit.

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Low risk waste: activities that do not need a permit

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We will withdraw this document on 20 November 2019.

We’ve published new low risk waste positions (LRWPs). If you do not comply with the new LRWPs you must have a duly made application for an environmental permit by 20 November 2019.

These documents show the Environment Agency’s regulatory position on low risk waste activities.

The Environment Agency is not currently enforcing the need for an environmental permit for the activities listed in these documents. The activity must be a recycling or recovery activity or involve disposal of waste at the site of production.

The Environment Agency may amend or revoke the activities listed in this guidance at any time. You must check that the low risk position you are benefiting from is still in place.

Published 13 February 2013
Last updated 20 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. We've published new low risk waste positions (LRWPs) at www.gov.uk/government/collections/environmental-permits-low-risk-waste-positions. You must check to see if you comply with the new LRWPs. We've withdrawn LRWPs: a) if the activity is no longer low environmental risk, b) because we've combined them with other LRWPs, c) because they're no longer relevant. We've also published some new LRWPs. Operators have until 20 November 2019 to comply with the new LRWPs or have a duly made application for an environmental permit. We will withdraw this document on 20 November 2019.

  2. The Environment Agency has added the following low risk waste (LRW) position to the list of LRW activities that do not need an environmental permit: LRW 555 Temporary storage of waste sheep dip (waste code 02 01 09) at a place controlled by the producer of the waste, pending collection for treatment or disposal.

  3. New low risk position on washing food grade intermediate bulk containers added to document LIT 7782.

  4. Guidance on low risk waste activities: Appendix A has been updated.

  5. An updated list of activities, February 2015.

  6. New activities have been added.

  7. First published.