Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
This guidance is for non-extractive waste and waste mobile plant at your site.
Non-extractive waste is any waste at your site that is not directly produced by mining or quarrying activities, including:
If your non-extractive waste is hazardous, see our hazardous / special waste guidance.
If you produce extractive waste, see our extractive waste guidance.
If you produce food waste, see our animal by-products and food waste guidance.
Businesses in Scotland and in Northern Ireland are required to take all reasonable steps to present at least the following key dry recyclables for separate collection:
It is the duty of waste collectors to collect and transport these waste streams separately from other wastes.
If you carry out waste disposal or recovery activities you should check whether your activity is a listed activity.
Listed activities are explained in our guidance on installations and mobile plant.
If your waste disposal or recovery activities are not listed activities then they may be a waste management activity.
Waste operations or waste management activities at mines and quarries may include waste transfer stations or treatment facilities.
Contact your environmental regulator to check whether any of your activities are waste operations or waste management activities.
If your waste operations involve extractive waste, see our extractive waste guidance.
If you carry out waste operations or waste management activities you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) or SEPA in Scotland.
Waste mobile plants are used for waste management activities in Northern Irelandand Scotland.
Contact your environmental regulator to check whether your mine or quarry uses waste mobile plant.
If you operate a waste mobile plant, you must have a waste management licence from the Northern Ireland Environment Agency or SEPA in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
To find out how to apply for a permit see our guidance on waste management licences.
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
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