The Environment Agency is consulting on rules for standard permits for four types of waste site, as well as revised rules for nine existing standard permits.
Standard permits are for low- and medium-risk sites under the environmental permitting regime. They contain one condition, which refers to a set of rules on how sites should operate and how far they have to be from sensitive environments.
The new rule sets cover:
- Composting biodegradable waste, up to 500 tonnes at a time
- Metals recycling, up to 25,000t a year
- Car scrapyards handling up to 5,000t of waste a year and storing no more than 25t of waste tyres at a time
- Waste wood recycling sites
Standard permits already exist for these activities, but those were developed for sites handling larger volumes of waste.
The revisions to existing rules cover activities including composting, on-farm anaerobic digestion of waste and discharges of cooling water and treated sewage to surface water.
The consultation runs until 29 November.