Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You should have procedures for safely storing waste or sewage at your site.
If you store waste or sewage at your site, you may need a waste management licence or registered exemption.
If your business has a licence or exemption you must comply with its conditions, including any conditions about storing waste or sewage.
For further information on exemptions, see our waste exemptions guidance.
There are special requirements for handling and storing animal by-products.
Take precautions to prevent intruders or unauthorised personnel from entering your site. For example:
You can be prosecuted if materials stored on your site cause pollution, even if it was caused by an accident or vandalism.
Make sure that containers, tanks, drums or other storage vessels have securely fitted lids.
Make sure you are able to close connections between storage vessels and direct overflow pipes to a contained drainage system.
Clearly label all storage vessels with the:
Regularly inspect and maintain all storage vessels, storage areas and drainage infrastructure.
Plan to replace underground storage tanks without secondary containment with aboveground storage tanks that have suitable bunds.
Underground storage tanks without secondary containment can cause land or water pollution if they leak.
Route pipes above ground, or if they are underground place them within inspection channels.
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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