Environmental Waste Permit

Paul Downing

We can help you apply for an environmental waste permit from the Environment Agency if you are a business in the waste management sector. We have helped waste transfer stations, aggregates sites, hazardous waste transfer stations, grab hire companies and ELV ATF’s apply for, vary or surrender an environmental waste permit.

Unlike planning applications an environmental waste permit is issued on the operator of a site and allows them to operate a certain type of business. Planning applications allow a type of use for a piece of land. The two are quite distinct.

In order to obtain an environmental waste permit you will need to demonstrate that you are competent in understanding waste management legislation and know what codes and other legislation governs this type of business. You obtain this qualification or WAMITAB certification from a independent training provider. Once obtained you will need to spend a certain amount of time actually on site. You cannot be qualified then sit in an office miles away.

The application process will take several months and you will be asked for a lot of information about your business and how you plan to ensure that close by environmental receptors are not affected. This may extend to conducting dust, noise, vibration, odour and ecological surveys. You will also have to demonstrate that you are committed to preventing a fire on the site by minimising piles sizes, having access to plenty of fire water and have adequate detection and fire suppression, especially if waste is stored inside buildings.

Once the permit is issued you will be bound by it’s conditions and audited regularly by the regulator to ensure that you comply. Fines and penalties for non-compliance can be high, however worse still would be the issue of a prohibition notice requiring that you stop operations until such time as compliance is brought about.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you with your environmental waste permit application to the Environment Agency.




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