Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you use sand for metal casting, you will create dust from handling and storing it. Sand that you have used for casting may also be contaminated with metal or with chemicals used to bind it for the cast.
You must ensure that using sand does not cause air pollution. You must also not cause noise pollution from deliveries or handling of sand on your site.
Sands you use to produce castings made from certain non-ferrous metals may have hazardous properties, due to them containing toxic material such as:
If the sand you use has hazardous properties, you may need to deal with it as hazardous/special waste.
Ask your trade association for further information. Find information on trade associations on the Trade Association Forum website
The Waste and resources action programme has produced guidance on using sand in foundries.
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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