Guidance

Waste exemption: S2 storing waste in a secure place

This exemption allows you to store specific waste at a secure place that is different to where the waste was produced, before the waste is transported to another site to be recovered.

Types of activity you can carry out

These include:

  • storing construction and demolition waste that can be reused without treatment, at an intermediate site before it is moved to another place to be reused
  • storing olive pulp and marble chips at a port before it is moved to another place to be recovered

Types of activity you can’t carry out

You can’t:

  • treat waste under this exemption see related exemptions
  • store waste destined to be disposed of see related permits
  • store mixed waste
  • mix hazardous with non-hazardous waste.
  • register this exemption to increase the storage capacity at the place where another treatment exemption such as T1, T4, T11 or a U activity is carried out

Types of waste you can store

The waste codes are those listed in the List of Wastes (LoW) Regulations. You need to make sure your waste fits within the relevant waste code and description.

Waste code Type of waste Storage limit (at any one time) Period (months)
161002 aqueous paint related waste only 1,000 litres 6
160601 *, 160602 *, 160603 *, 160604, 160605, 200133 *, 200134 batteries 10 tonnes 6
150104, 200140 cans and foil only 500 tonnes 12
140601 * CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs 18 tonnes 6
170101, 170102, 170103, 170107, 170202, 170203, 170401 to 170407, 170504, 170604, 170802 construction and demolition waste (non hazardous) capable of being used in existing state only 100 tonnes 12
200125 edible oil and fat only 5,000 tonnes 12
100207 * electric arc furnace dust only 2,500 tonnes 3
020104 farm plastics (non packaging only) 500 tonnes 12
070213, 150101, 150102, 150105, 200139 Food and drink cartons 500 tonnes 12
101112, 150107, 160120, 170202, 191205, 200102 glass 5,000 tonnes 12
020102 mammalian protein only 60,000 tonnes 12
020202 mammalian tallow only 45,000 tonnes 12
200307 mattresses only 5 tonnes 3
010408, 191209 marble chips only 5,000 tonnes 12
020304 olive pulp/pellet only 5,000 tonnes 3
080111 *, 080112, 200127 *, 200128 paints (excluding specialist and industrial paints, wood preservatives, aerosol and spray paints, inks, adhesives and resins) pending reuse as paints only 10,000 litres 6
030307, 030308, 150101, 191201, 200101 paper and cardboard (excluding food and drink cartons) only 15,000 tonnes 12
090107, 090108 photographic films and papers 50 tonnes 12
070213, 120105, 150102, 160119, 191204, 200139 plastic 500 tonnes 12
100101 poultry litter ash only 3,000 tonnes 12
080318, 150102, 160216, 200139 printer cartridges only 5,000 units 6
170301 *, 170302, 170504 road planings, waste road chippings, road sub-base only 500 tonnes 12
020110, 160117, 160118, 170401, 170402, 170403, 170404, 170405, 170406, 170407, 170411, 191202, 191203 scrap metal 15,000 tonnes 6
090110, 090111 *, 090112 single use cameras 400 cubic metres 6
020401, 020399 soils from cleaning fruit and veg only 100 tonnes 6
100316, 100405 *, 100504, 100511, 100604, 100811, 100899 solder metal, skimmings, ashes and residues 100 tonnes 3
140602 *, 140603 *, 200113 * solvents and solvent mixtures 5 cubic metres 6
100101, 100102, 100105, 100115 synthetic gypsum and pulverised fuel ash only 2,500 tonnes 3
040222, 150109, 191208, 200110, 200111 textiles and clothes 1,000 tonnes 12
160103, 191204 tyres, tyre chip and crumb 40 tonnes 3
110113 *, 120301 *, 160708 * waste cleaning solution containing 2% sodium metasilicate and 1 to 2% waste oil only 3 tonnes 3
160211 *, 160213 *, 160214, 160216, 200121 *, 200123 *, 200135 *, 200136 WEEE 400 cubic metres 6
030301, 150102, 150103, 200138 wine bottle corks only 500 tonnes 12
030105, 170201, 170204 *, 191206 *, 191207, 200137 *, 200138 Wood, including telegraph poles and railway sleepers (hazardous and non hazardous) 100 tonnes 12

*These are hazardous waste

Key conditions

The key conditions are:

  • each type of waste must be stored separately
  • the storage must take place at a secure place
  • the storage of the waste is pending its recovery elsewhere
  • each waste shall not be stored for longer than the specified time period

The additional specific conditions apply to some specified types of waste.

Aqueous paint related waste only

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

Batteries:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the storage place has sealed drainage

CFCs, HCFCs and HFCs:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

Edible oil and fat only:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

Electric arc furnace dust only:

  • the waste is stored indoors
  • the waste is stored at a dock before being exported or after being imported
  • the waste must arrive at the storage place in bags and must be stored there in bags or in drums

Farm plastics (non packaging):

  • the waste is stored indoors

Glass:

  • the storage place has sealed drainage

Mammalian protein only:

  • the waste is stored indoors

Mammalian tallow only:

  • the waste is stored indoors

Mattresses only:

  • the waste is stored indoors

Olive pulp/pellet:

  • the storage place has sealed drainage
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment
  • the waste is stored at a dock before being exported or after being imported

Paints (excluding specialist and industrial paints, wood preservatives, aerosol and spray paints, inks, adhesives and resins) pending reuse as paints:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

Paper and cardboard (excluding food and drink cartons):

  • the waste is stored in a baled form, in a container or indoors
  • within the quantity limit specified and despite this additional specific condition, up to 1,000 tonnes may be stored outdoors as long as it is stored in an enclosure designed and maintained to prevent litter escaping

Photographic films and papers:

  • the waste is stored in a baled form, in a container or indoors

Poultry litter ash only:

  • the waste is stored indoors
  • the waste is stored at a dock before being exported or after being imported

Printer cartridges only:

  • the waste is stored indoors

Scrap metal:

  • the storage place has sealed drainage
  • the waste is stored at a dock before being exported or after being imported

Solder metal, skimmings, ashes and residues:

  • the waste is stored in bags or in drums

Solvents and solvent mixtures:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

Synthetic gypsum and pulverized fuel ash only:

  • the waste is stored indoors
  • the waste is stored at a dock before being exported or after being imported
  • the waste must arrive at the storage place in bags and must be stored there in bags or in drums

Tyres, tyre chip and crumb:

  • the total quantity of waste stored together doesn’t exceed 10 tonnes; this is to reduce the risk of fire spreading

Waste cleaning solution containing 2% sodium metasilicate and 1% to 2% waste oil only:

  • the waste is stored in a container
  • the waste is stored with secondary containment

WEEE:

  • you must comply with the requirements in paragraph 1 of Annex III to the WEEE Directive; this means storage on an impermeable surface and with weatherproof covering where you are storing WEEE containing hazardous materials or fluids and where storing whole appliances that are to be reused

What else you need to know

Hazardous waste is subject to the Hazardous Waste Regulations.

Related exemptions

T1: Cleaning, washing, spraying or coating relevant waste

T2: Recovering textiles

T4: Preparatory treatments, such as baling, sorting, shredding

S1: Storing waste in secure containers

Related permits

You will need an environmental permit if you want to store:

  • waste at an intermediate site for treatment or use not covered in related exemptions or under a permit for recovery
  • mixed waste at an intermediate site for treatment
  • waste prior to disposal

Find out more about environmental permits for waste.

Register a S2 exemption

You need to register this exemption with us if you meet the requirements:

Published 28 April 2014
Last updated 20 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Update to clarify the amount of waste you can store at any one time.
  2. First published.