The U6 exemption allows you to import sludge from one waste water treatment plant to another to reseed the biological process.
Applies to England
Activity you can carry out
This can involve using sludge from one waste water treatment plant to re-seed the biological process (for example, filter bed) at another waste water treatment plant.
Activity you cannot carry out
You cannot store, treat or use septic tank or cesspool sludge under this exemption.
Type of waste you can use
The waste codes are listed in the List of Wastes (LoW) Regulations. You need to make sure your waste fits within the waste code and the description.
|Type of waste
|Sludge from treating urban waste water
|Sludge from biologically treating industrial waste water not containing hazardous substances
Amount of waste you can use
You can store or use up to 1,000 cubic metres at any one time at the receiving waste water treatment plant.
You should not use any more waste than you need to or this will be considered as waste disposal and will not be exempt.
Other things you need to know
You should store the waste in a secure place before using it so the public cannot have access to the waste and the effluent cannot enter controlled waters.
Register a U6 exemption
You need to register this exemption with the Environment Agency if you meet the requirements: