Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Provide adequate settlement capacity for yard run-off and washout from wagons. Where possible, reuse water from settlement within your business processes.
Make sure you take adequate measures to prevent run-off and washout from your site entering and polluting drains and watercourses.
Connect delivery areas to the foul drainage system, as run-off is likely to cause contamination.
You must get permission from your water company or water authority before connecting to the drainage system.
Use roll over bunds, and ramped or stepped access, to isolate the area from the surface water system.
If possible, install pipelines above the ground and protect them from collision damage. If you install a pipeline below the ground, you should:
Do not connect pipeline ducts to the surface water system.
Reducing the amount of water you use may save you money and will lessen your impact on the environment. You can identify areas where you can make reductions by carrying out regular reviews of water use.
Where raw materials mix with water the resulting run-off can be highly polluting. For example:
Where yard run-off is likely to have mixed with raw materials or process chemicals, you should not allow it to enter watercourses or the foul sewer without prior written authorisation. Capture it and if necessary, have samples laboratory tested to identify the most appropriate disposal method.
Where possible, rather than washing the area down, you should sweep up spilled materials.
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Ireland Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and a number of industry bodies have produced 9 new GPPs to replace out of date PPGs.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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