Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This page provides links to key pieces of relevant environmental legislation. The links will direct you to the Legislation.gov, Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI), Statute Law Database (SLD) or EUR-lex websites.
Remember that different parts of the UK have variations in environmental laws.
If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation applies to your specific business.
You may also need to know about:
Regulates waste on land, abandoned vehicles, noise nuisance, noise abatement zones, sulphur content of oil fuel used in furnaces and engines, cable burning, and pollution of the atmosphere and water. Other aspects have been revoked.
Sets out the waste management regime covering waste carrier registration and identifying and remedying contaminated land.
Amends 1992/254. Implements EC Directive 91/156/EEC on waste and makes it an offence to carry out an exempt activity without registering with the local council.
Covers applications for waste management licences, which authorise the deposit, disposal and treatment of controlled waste.
Includes conditions on the use of certain mobile plant.
Amends 2003/493 to change the regime of waste management licensing exemptions in Northern Ireland to ensure compliance with the Hazardous Waste Directive.
Extends the controlled waste regime to bring mine, quarry and agricultural waste within waste management control.Categorises waste as household, industrial or commercial. Amends existing legislation to further implement Directives on waste and landfill.
Amend the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 to update the technical competence element of the Fit and Proper Person test. Update the requirement for a waste management operator to obtain an appropriate level of competence.
Amend the Controlled Waste (Registration of Carriers and Seizure of Vehicles) Regulations (NI) 1999 and the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (NI) 2003. The purpose of the Regulations is to update and broaden the prescribed offences element of the waste Fit and Proper Person test to include ‘reputational’ convictions and remove regulations that are no longer extant.
Establishes the Environment Agency and SEPA as the regulatory bodies for contaminated land, control of pollution, conservation or enhancement of the environment and fisheries.
Establishes in England, Scotland and Wales the structure and authority for waste management and control of emissions into the environment.
Consolidates 1994/1056 and amendments. Adds new exemptions. Removes need for licence holders to have a certificate of technical competence.
Requires businesses carrying their own waste to register as waste carriers.
Removes waste tyres from the list of materials that can be treated for recovery or reuse under a paragraph 11 exemption. Also removes tyres from the list of waste types that can be stored under a paragraph 17 exemption.
Requires the holder of a Waste Management Licence to comply with the Materials Recovery Code. Also a PPC permit for the running of a waste recovery facility must contain a requirement to comply with the Materials Recovery Code.
Enables the partial suspension, revocation, transfer and surrender of site licences, and allows licences held by the same person to be consolidated if they cover the same site or more than one mobile plant.
The current environmental legislation lists provide links to key environmental statutes and regulations.
For further information on relevant legislation contact your environmental regulator or local council.
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
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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