Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Before you begin demolition work, identify the location and condition of any storage tanks and pipes that need to be removed.
You must empty tanks and pipelines that contain polluting materials before you remove them. Make sure that the contents are properly disposed of.
You must identify any liquids left on site, for example, in barrels or containers, or liquids from decommissioning storage tanks and pipes and dispose of them at an appropriately licensed facility such as a treatment plant.
Any liquid wastes you store on site should be clearly labelled and contained within a bunded area.
Materials for recycling are likely to be classed as waste until they are fully recovered. As such, they will be subject to waste management and the duty of care regulations. If in any doubt, seek advice from your environmental regulator. These materials include:
You can find local sites that will take demolition waste for reuse at:
If you recover aggregates from construction, demolition and excavation waste and sell them as products (recycled aggregates), rather than waste, you must comply with the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulation.
For further information on REACH and recycled aggregates visit the HSE website.
For further information on REACH see the NetRegs REACH guidance.
The NIEA in association with the EA and WRAP have revised the end of waste Quality Protocol (October 2013) for the production of aggregates from inert waste. It reflects the latest approved industry standards, including factory production control, and incorporates other improvements and clarifications to make it easier for producers and users to ensure full compliance with the end of waste criteria.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) has produced detailed guidance for the construction sector. This is free to download.
You must ensure that your demolition activities do not create pathways by which contamination can move around or off your site. For example, if you remove concrete hard-standing this can increase the flow of rainwater through contaminated ground. This could lead to pollution of surface or groundwater.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
The NetRegs team at SEPA, in partnership with The Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs. More are coming! Check the available topics
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