Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

Waste exemptions for road transport

Waste exemptions for road transport

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

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 be relevant to road transport businesses include:

  Exemption reference
Exempt waste activity or operation 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, waste solvents, waste tyres, plastic packaging, paper and cardboard. 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.
Dismantling depolluted waste vehicles for vehicle parts, eg waste vehicles from which potentially polluting substances or parts such as oil, fuel, antifreeze or batteries have already been removed. Paragraph 45
Must be registered.
Paragraph 45
Must be registered.
Crushing and emptying waste vehicle oil filters where they are produced. No exemption needed. No exemption needed.

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 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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