The Environment Agency is consulting on rules for standard permits for four types of waste sites, as well as revised rules for nine existing standard permits.1
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 25,000 tonnes a year
- Car scrapyards handling up to 5,000 tonnes of waste year and storing no more than 25 tonnes of waste tyres at a time
- Waste wood recycle sites
Standard permits exist for these activities, but are meant for sites handling larger volumes of waste. The revisions to existing rules cover composting, on-farm anaerobic digestion of waste and discharges of cooling water and treated sewage to surface water.
The consultation runs until 29 November.