Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste activities and waste mobile plant for chemicals

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC Permits.

PPC permits for the chemical sector

If you make a product from waste by recovering a chemical substance in quantities of one tonne or more per calendar year, the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) Regulations may apply to you.

If your recovered chemical substance is not exempt, you will need to register it with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).

Complying with REACH

If you are unsure if your recovered substance is covered by REACH, contact the UK REACH competent authority helpdesk.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE): REACH helpdesk

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

If you are unsure whether your activity is classed as a waste management activity, you should check with your environmental regulator.

Contact your environmental regulator

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your business uses waste mobile plant.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

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Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms