Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Site-gained concrete, bricks, tiles or other materials can be crushed and reused as sub-base or fill. You should consider broken-out concrete to be waste if you discard it, intend to discard it or are required to discard it for any reason. As such it is subject to the duty of care and waste management licensing.
If you transport concrete and other materials off your site to be crushed, make sure that you have the appropriate waste transfer documentation.
If you are a construction or demolition business and you are carrying your own waste, you will need to register as a waste carrier with your environmental regulator.
Treating waste on your site will require a waste management licence, registered exemption or pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit.
The exemption you may require is a paragraph 24 exemption.
If you have an exemption, you must comply with the exemption conditions.
You will need to register this exemption with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in Northern Ireland or SEPA in Scotland.
You must still ensure that your activity does not:
If concrete, bricks, tiles or other material are to be crushed at a processing plant on site, you must ensure that the crushing plant has:
If you recover aggregates from construction, demolition and excavation waste and sell them as products (recycled aggregates), rather than waste, you must comply with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation.
For further information on REACH and recycled aggregates visit the WRAP website.
For further information on REACH see the NetRegs REACH guidance.
The NIEA in association with the EA and WRAP have revised the end of waste Quality Protocol (October 2013) for the production of aggregates from inert waste. It reflects the latest approved industry standards, including factory production control, and incorporates other improvements and clarifications to make it easier for producers and users to ensure full compliance with the end of waste criteria.
The WRAP Aggregates Programme promotes sustainable use of aggregates. It reduces the demand for primary aggregates by encouraging greater use of recycled and secondary aggregates.
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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