If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.

Listed activities are explained in our guidance on PPC permits.

If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.

Waste management activities include operating:

  • landfill sites for inert waste
  • waste transfer stations, eg collection points and civic amenity sites
  • waste treatment plants, eg composting and anaerobic digestion
  • scrap metal sites.

What you must do

If you carry out waste management activities, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application form

Further information on waste activities

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

Waste mobile plant

Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your business uses waste mobile plant.

What you must do

If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Contact your environmental regulator

How to apply for a permit or licence

NIEA: Apply online

SEPA: Application forms

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

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