Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
You can recycle concrete and use it as aggregate. Surplus or broken-out concrete will be waste if you discard it, intend to discard it or are required to discard it for any reason. As waste, the duty of care will apply to it.
If you transport concrete and other materials off your site for crushing, you must make sure that you have the appropriate waste transfer documentation.
Reprocessing concrete into usable material is a form of waste treatment and you may need a waste management licence ,a pollution, prevention and control (PPC) permit or an exemption.
If you crush, grind or reduce the size of concrete materials a paragraph 24 exemption may be relevant to you.
If you recover or dispose of waste at the place where it is produced, as an integral part of the process, a paragraph 26 exemption may be relevant to you. This applies to facilities that produce semi-dry precast concrete products and that recycle aggregate within the process.
You must register this exemption with your environmental regulator.
You must still ensure that your activity does not:
If concrete is to be crushed at a processing plant on-site, you must ensure that the crushing plant has a:
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 Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has produced detailed guidance for the construction sector. This is free to download.
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 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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