Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Storing and handling oil, chemicals, materials
If you store oil or fuel on site, or if you have a store of chemicals or other materials that could cause pollution in the event of a spill, you should:
If you store oil or fuel on your premises you may need to comply with certain regulations controlling its storage. The regulations apply to petrol, diesel, central heating oil, mineral and synthetic oils as well as vegetable and plant oils.
Domestic heating oil: comply with Building regulation controls
Oil storage for a business:
In Northern Ireland: any oil or fuel stored in an above ground container greater than 200 litres is covered by the regulations
In Scotland the regulations apply to all containers.
You will need to make sure that your storage container is in good condition and structurally sound and situated in a safe position where it is unlikely to be damaged. There are also a number of requirements for pipes and fittings and secondary containment. If you intend to store oil on your premises read GPP2: Above ground oil storage tanks
If you package goods for sale or add your own brand to packaging for goods there are certain requirements you must meet.
Your packaging must be designed to use the minimum amount of materials that still ensures safety and hygiene. It also needs to be re-useable, recyclable or have minimum impact on the environment when disposed of.
Read our guidance on packaging if you intend to produce packaged goods.
Most businesses and organisations will use electrical and electronic equipment. When this equipment comes to the end of its useful life it becomes waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).
The producer of the equipment is usually responsible for the cost of treatment and recycling. The producer of the EEE will be a member of a compliance scheme which will be responsible for the WEEE. They can tell you about the take-back system available to you.
Read our NetRegs guidance on waste electrical and electronic equipment.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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