Low risk waste: activities where no permit is required

Low risk waste management activities where we are not pursuing the need for a permit.


Guidance on low risk waste activities: Appendix A

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This guidance sets out the Environment Agency’s regulatory position on low risk waste activities. It applies only to waste arising in and activities carried out in England. Advice in relation to Scotland can be obtained from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), and in Wales from Natural Resources Wales (NRW).

Having considered the risks the Environment Agency do not believe it is in the public interest to expect the operators of certain activities listed in this document to obtain an environmental permit.The activity must be a recycling or recovery activity or involve the disposal of waste in the site of production.

We may amend or revoke this statement at any time, you should therefore check periodically that the low risk position you are benefitting from is still in place.

Published 13 February 2013
Last updated 12 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. New low risk position on washing food grade intermediate bulk containers added to document LIT 7782.
  2. Guidance on low risk waste activities: Appendix A has been updated.
  3. An updated list of activities, February 2015.
  4. New activities have been added.
  5. First published.