Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you dispose of asphalt planings or other materials from your works, you must comply with your duty of care responsibilities.
To store and use road planings and excavated sub-base, you will need a waste management licence or exemption.
If what you need is an exemption, it will be a paragraph 19 exemption.
If you have an exemption, you must comply with the exemption conditions.
You must register this exemption with your environmental regulator.
You must still ensure that your activity does not:
Asphalt planings can contain a high level of contaminants. These contaminants can be picked up by rainwater passing through a stockpile or can seep out into the ground.
You must prevent contaminants from planings leaching into the ground or into watercourses. Planings should be covered and stored on an impermeable surface. Rainwater that runs through the planings can pick up contaminants and transport them into the groundwater or nearby watercourses. Water run-off should be collected and tested for contamination before you decide how it should be disposed of.
Plan your site so that you can safely store planings for use as part of your works.
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