Environment Agency Waste Licence

Paul Downing

We can help you apply for an Environment Agency Waste Licence if you are staring a new waste recycling or waste recovery business.

Getting started as a waste recycling business is quite daunting due to the levels of licensing and permits that are required before you can start to operate. There are also quite stringent requirements on the training required of new waste recycling operators. More details on training can be found on the WAMITAB website.

Fundamental to starting a new business and getting the right Environment Agency Waste Licence is the location of the proposed facility itself. If your proposed site is located close to a Site Of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), nature reserve or other designated sensitive area, your application will be more complex that a facility in a remote area away from sensitive receptors. If you are proposing to recycle or store combustible material such as paper, plastic or cardboard then you will also have to ensure that the site is large enough to comply with the Fire Prevention Plan guidance (FPP). This requires a 6m boundary around the perimeter and around building where you cannot store waste. If you have a small site this may pose a problem.

One you have decided on a site location and are happy that it meets the requirements above and is far enough away from environmentally sensitive areas and has enough room to store the waste you want to treat bearing in mind the FPP guidance, then your next concern is planning status. Waste operations are regulated by County Councils and not the local authority. Your chosen site may have B8 or B2 status from the local authority enabling storage or light commercial activity but if you are planning to operate a waste recycling facility you will need to apply to the County Council for a “Waste & Minerals Planning Application“. This is a totally separate regime to the local authority and you cannot just apply for “Change of Use”.

Paul Downing & Associates have helped numerous companies with both an “Environment Agency Waste Licence” and “Waste & Minerals Planning Applications”.

Call us today if you would like more information on one or the other or even both.

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