Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste exemptions at metals production and processing

Waste exemptions at metals production and processing

You may need to register an exemption with your environmental regulator from waste management licensing if you carry out an exempt waste management activity.

Some exemptions do not need to be registered although you must comply with the exemption's conditions.

Activities exempt from waste management licensing

Exempt waste operations and exempt waste management activities which may apply to metals production and processing businesses include:

Exempt waste activity or operation Exemption reference
Northern Ireland Scotland
Storing any waste (non-hazardous or hazardous/special) temporarily on the site where it is produced in a secure place for no longer than 12 months. For example, off-cuts, sand from casting processes. Paragraph 41
There are quantity limits for storing hazardous waste.
No need to register.
Paragraph 41
There are quantity limits for storing special waste.
No need to register.
Treating waste on the site where it is produced as long as you don't change the physical, chemical or biological nature of the waste. For example, baling, compacting, crushing or shredding waste paper or cardboard or cans. Paragraph 27
No need to register.
Paragraph 27
No need to register.
Heating metals and metal alloys to remove grease, oil or any other non-metal contaminant using a furnace with a total rated thermal input of less than 0.2 megawatts. Paragraph 44
Must be registered.
Paragraph 44
Must be registered.
Running a scrap metal furnace. Paragraph 4 Paragraph 2
Must be registered
Recovering scrap metal. Paragraph 45
Must be registered.
Paragraph 45
Must be registered.

 

You must check whether your registered exemption needs to be renewed. Some registered exemptions last for as long as the activity is carried out while others may only last for 12 months.

If you are not sure whether you can register an exemption for your waste operation or waste management activity, or how long an exemption will last, contact your environmental regulator for further advice.

Storing waste

Further information on waste exemptions

NIEA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing
SEPA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

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