The T12 exemption allows you to sort, repair, refurbish or dismantle waste for reuse or recovery.
Applies to England
Types of activity you can carry out
These include when:
- a charity collects discarded furniture, bicycles and garden tools to repair or refurbish so they can be used again
- a company collects mattresses to dismantle them and recover the various parts
Types of activity you cannot carry out
- treat the waste in any other way than by sorting, repairing, refurbishing or dismantling
- use this exemption if you are treating the waste to dispose of it to landfill or to incinerate it
- store or sort through general mixed waste under this exemption
Types and quantities of waste you can treat
The waste codes are listed in the List of Wastes (LoW) Regulations. You need to make sure your waste fits within the relevant waste code and description. In all examples allowed in T12, the types of waste are more restricted than the LoW code. This is indicated by the word ‘only’ in the types of waste description.
Waste for sorting, repairing or refurbishing
|Waste code||Type of waste||Sorting, repairing or refurbishing (tonnes) at any one time||Storage (years)|
|200138, 200139 , 200140||Garden tools only||100||2|
|170904, 170102, 170201, 200138||Stone, bricks, wood only||500||2|
|170201, 170202, 170203, 200102, 200138, 200139, 200140||Windows, doors only||100||2|
|150103||Wooden pallets only||100||2|
Waste for sorting and dismantling
|Waste code||Type of waste||Sorting and dismantling (tonnes) at any one time||Storage duration|
|200138, 200139, 200140||Coat hangers only||100||12 months|
|200140||Domestic pots and pans only||100||2 years|
|200138, 200139, 200140||Lock gates only||100||2 years|
|200307||Mattresses only||5||12 months|
|200137*, 200138, 200140||Telegraph poles only||100||12 months|
|170201,170202,170203, 200102, 200138, 200139, 200140||Windows, doors only||10||12 months|
|150103||Wooden pallets only||100||12 months|
Mattresses must be treated and stored indoors.
You can use some types of waste under:
Register a T12 exemption
You need to register this exemption with the Environment Agency if you meet the requirements.
If you want to treat more than the amount of waste allowed under this exemption or any other types of waste not listed here, you will need to apply for an environmental permit.