Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If you repair or refurbish waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) you may need a pollution prevention and control (PPC) permit, waste management licence or a registered waste exemption. You must have the relevant permit, licence or exemption before you carry out this activity.
You can register an exemption from waste management licensing to collect and store up to 80 cubic metres of each of several types of WEEE for up to three months before it is taken for recovery somewhere else. If you are storing fluorescent tubes the limit is 50 cubic metres. You must:
You do not need to register an exemption for storing WEEE if you are:
If you crush fluorescent tubes before they are collected for recovery you may be able to register an exemption from waste management licensing if you:
You must register this waste exemption with your environmental regulator. In Northern Ireland you will need to renew the exemption every 12 months.
If your business repairs or refurbishes certain WEEE you may be able to register an exemption from waste management licensing.
In Northern Ireland you can register for an exemption if you:
The NIEA will need to inspect your business premises. They will charge you a fee to cover this cost.
You will need to renew your registration every year. The renewal fee is less than the registration fee.
If you want to treat 5 tonnes of WEEE or more per day you will need a PPC permit or a waste management licence.
In Scotland you can register for an exemption if you:
SEPA will need to inspect your business premises. They will charge you a fee to cover this cost.
You will need to renew your registration every year. There is no renewal fee.
If you want to treat 2 tonnes of WEEE or more per day you will need a PPC permit or a waste management licence.
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.
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