Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
If waste has hazardous properties that may make it harmful to human health or the environment it is:
This includes a wide variety of waste, such as asbestos, fluorescent light tubes and lead acid batteries.
If you treat hazardous/special waste, you must have a pollution prevent and control (PPC) permit or waste management licence.
You must comply with the conditions in your permit or licence, including any conditions about treating hazardous/special waste, or you can be fined or sent to prison.
If your business handles refrigeration equipment that contains f-gases or ozone depleting substances you must transfer the equipment to a site that has an appropriate licence or be licensed by your environmental regulator to treat this type of waste.
You must classify the waste before you treat it.
Choose treatment techniques that:
You can only pre-mix hazardous/special waste with non-hazardous/special waste prior to treatment if you have a permit and your regulator has agreed that it is necessary - for example, to make it easier to handle or improve safety during recovery. You must not mix hazardous/special waste with non-hazardous/special waste to dilute it or hide its hazardous components.
If you pre-treat hazardous/special waste for disposal at a hazardous landfill site, you must take into account the limit values set by the landfill site's waste acceptance criteria. If the waste exceeds the limit values of the landfill's waste acceptance criteria after treatment, you will need to treat the waste further before it can be disposed of at landfill.
SEPA has published detailed guidance on criteria for accepting waste at landfills.
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