Permitting Regime

There are many reasons why businesses need to apply for waste environmental permits. Many recycling and waste management companies run waste transfer stations or construction waste recycling centres that are regulated under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2016. In order to operate legally then they will need to apply and be granted authority under the regime of waste environmental permits. Permits are issued by the Environment Agency.

The process of applying for and obtaining Waste Environmental Permits can be quite protracted and time consuming, in some cases taking up to two years to obtain. We are experienced in dealing with the EA and this process.

We can help you apply for your waste environmental permits whatever business you are in. We can provide all of the associated support services and surveys in order to ensure that you are fully compliant with the EPR Reg’s 2016.

Waste Environmental Permits

Paul Downing & Associates have been helping companies to apply for waste environmental permits for over 25 years. We have a good record of helping waste businesses grow by helping to increase tonnages on their permits and introduce new waste types to their sites.

One of the main elements of new permit applications in the last couple of years has been the requirement to submit a fire prevention plan with each combustible waste permit application. This is a rather involved document detailing how much access you have to fire water, how large your waste piles will be and what measures you have in place to deal with an incident in the event of a fire. Other risk assessments are required and we can help with all of the following in order to help you with your permit application.

  • FPP
  • Site condition report (SCR)
  • Odour management plan
  • Dust management plan
  • EMS
  • Sealed drainage systems and drainage infrastructure
  • Risk assessments



Paul helped us with a waste permit transfer to our operations from another waste management company when we took over a neighbouring site. The transfer went smoothly and I would recommend Paul's services in dealing with the Environment Agency.

Alex Johnson, Director

Johnsons Recycling – Waste Permit Transfer
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