Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste exemptions for paper and cardboard

Waste exemptions for paper and cardboard

You may need to register an exemption with your environmental regulator from waste management licensing if you carry out an exempt waste management activity.

Some exemptions do not need to be registered although you must comply with the exemption's conditions.

Activities exempt from waste management licensing

Exempt waste management activities which may be relevant to your businesses include:

Exemption reference

Exempt waste activity or operation

Northern Ireland Scotland

Baling, sorting or shredding up to 3,000 tonnes per week of waste paper or cardboard, for recovery or reuse

Paragraph 12
Must be registered
Paragraph 11
Must be registered
Manufacturing products from waste paper or cardboard, up to 15,000 tonnes used or stored at any one time Paragraph 15
Must be registered
Paragraph 14
Must be registered
Composting biodegradable waste Paragraph 13
Must be registered
Paragraph 12
Must be registered
Burning some waste wood or bark as a fuel in a small appliance in certain cases Paragraph 5
Must be registered
Paragraph 5
Must be registered

Recovery of waste and return to the production process

Paragraph 26
Must be registered
Paragraph 26
Must be registered
Storing any waste (non-hazardous or hazardous/special) temporarily on the site where it is produced in a secure place for no longer than 12 months. For example, waste solvents, waste oil, plastic packaging, paper and cardboard. Paragraph 41
There are quantity limits for storing hazardous waste
No need to register
Paragraph 41
There are quantity limits for storing special waste
No need to register
Burning as a fuel, under a permit granted under the PPC regulations, of straw, poultry litter or wood (at less than 1 tonne per hour in Northern Ireland) (Applies to biomass boilers) Paragraph 5 Paragraph 3

If you want to use waste pulp or paper for treating land, the following exemptions may apply:

  • treating agricultural land with waste bark and wood, pulp from virgin timber, de-inked paper sludge, de-inked paper pulp from paper recycling and lime mud waste
  • treating forests, woodlands, park gardens, verges, landscaped areas, sports grounds, recreation grounds, churchyards or cemeteries with waste bark and wood, and pulp from virgin timber.

Further information on waste exemptions

NIEA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

SEPA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

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NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms