Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste activities and waste mobile plant for recycling and reprocessing

This guidance is for waste activities and waste mobile plant at your site.

Waste activities

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.

PPC permits for recycling and reprocessing businesses

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

Waste management activities include:

  • waste transfer stations, eg collection and bulking sites, 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

To find out how to apply for a permit or licence see our guidance on environmental permits and waste management licensing.

How do you apply for a waste management licence

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.

Waste mobile plant include mobile plant for:

  • treating waste soils, contaminated material, substances or products
  • landspreading
  • reclaiming, restoring or improving land
  • treating waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate.

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

Further information on waste mobile plant

NIEA: Waste management licensing

SEPA: Waste management licensing

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Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms