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Waste exemptions for MEEE

Waste exemptions for MEEE

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 machinery or electrical and electronic equipment businesses include:

Exempt waste operation or activity 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, waste oil or off-cuts 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 or shredding waste 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.
Repair or refurbishment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Paragraph 49
Must be registered.
Paragraph 47
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 your waste operation or waste management activity is covered by an exemption, or how long an exemption will last, you should contact your environmental regulator for further advice.

Contact your environmental regulator

Further information on waste exemptions

NIEA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

SEPA: Activities exempt from waste management licensing

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