Waste exemption: T2 recovering textiles
This exemption allows you to clean waste clothes and textiles to recover them so they can be reused or recycled.
Types of activity you can carry out
- laundering or cleaning waste clothes to recover them so they can be reused
- laundering or cleaning waste textiles so they can be used to make carpet underlay under another exempt waste operation
Types of activity you can’t carry out
- shred or bale any of the types of waste under this exemption (see related exemptions)
- clean textiles that aren’t going to be recovered or reused
- treat hazardous waste
Types 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.
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Amount of waste you can treat
You can store or treat up to 20,000 tonnes of waste at any one time.
The waste must be stored and treated in a location with sealed drainage.
Other things you need to know
You must not discharge dirty water from laundering to surface water, groundwater or sewers without the correct consent.
Find out more about environmental permits for discharges to surface water and groundwater activities.
To discharge dirty water to sewer you need consent from your local water company.
If you want to bale waste textiles, you should consider:
If you want to make finished goods from waste textiles you should consider:
Registering a T2 exemption
You need to register this exemption with us if you meet the requirements:
Discharge consent – a consent issued under Chapter II of Part 3 of the Water Resources Act 1991 or Regulation of the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.
Hazardous waste – see How to classify different types of waste.
Sealed drainage – a drainage system with an impermeable surface that ensures:
- no liquid will run off the surface apart from via the system
- all liquids entering the system are collected in a sealed sump except where they may be lawfully discharged