Food waste: how to store food waste prior to recovery or collection

Sets out the requirements for storing food waste, including liquid waste, away from where it is produced without an environmental permit.


Storage of food waste intended for recovery: RPS 052

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The Environment Agency work with industry to develop a standard rules permit that cover the temporary storage of food waste for the purpose of bulking up prior to recovery at another location. This statement sets out how we regulate this activity until the permit is available.

Published 27 March 2014