Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
When you burn waste you are losing a potential resource and you also risk causing air, land and water pollution. You should find alternative methods of waste management wherever possible.
If you burn waste on your site you may need a pollution prevention and control permit, waste management licence or a registered waste exemption. You must have the correct permissions in place before you start any burning activities. See the page in this guideline: Controls on burning waste in the open
When considering your waste management options you should follow the waste hierarchy - prevention, preparing for reuse, recycling, other recovery and, finally, disposal.
Better alternatives to burning your waste in the open (in order of preference) are to:
WRAP resource efficiency helpline (UK) – 0808 100 2040
Resource Efficient Scotland Helpline - 0808 808 2268
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