Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste exemptions for mining or quarrying

Waste exemptions for mining or quarrying

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

In Northern Ireland, you can register an exemption under paragraph 33 for keeping or depositing waste from peatworking.

Northern Ireland Environment Agency: Keeping or deposit of waste arising from peatworking

In Scotland, you can register an exemption online under paragraph 33 for keeping and depositing peat waste.

SEPA: Paragraph 33 exemption - Keeping and depositing peat waste

SEPA: Registration form for a simple exemption

Non-extractive waste

Exempt waste operations and exempt waste management activities which may apply to non-extractive waste at mines or quarries 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.

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.

 

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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Permits

NIEA - Apply online

SEPA - Application forms