You must read our general guidance on exempt waste operations before reading this specific guidance. This will help you to fully understand the steps you must take to ensure you comply with the exempt waste operation(s) you want to register. You can read our general guidance at the link below:
Summary of exemption
This web page contains a brief summary of the exemption so you can see if it is applicable to you. There is a link to the full guidance document at the bottom of this page.
What is the purpose of this exemption?
This exemption allows the use of suitable wastes for small scale construction instead of using virgin raw materials.
Construction for the purposes of this activity means 'the carrying on of any building or engineering work which includes the repair, alteration, maintenance or improvement of an existing work and preparatory or landscaping works'. Land reclamation is only permissable under this exemption when it is part of a construction activity.
The waste types listed in 'What wastes can be used under this exemption?' (see full guidance document below) can be used for various specified activities which fit this definition.
What types of activities can I do?
Example activities include:
- using crushed bricks, concrete, rocks and aggregate to create a noise bund around a new development and then using soil to landscape it to enable grass to grow.
- using road planings and rubble to build a track, road or car park.
- using wood-chip to construct a track, path or bridleway.
- bringing in some soil from another place for use in landscaping at a housing development.
You can use waste under exemption U8:
You can treat waste to make it suitable for use in construction under exemption T5:
You can treat bricks, tiles and concrete by crushing under exemption T7 Treatment of waste bricks, tiles and concrete by crushing, grinding or reducing size. This is registered with the relevant local authority. For further details of this exemption please go to the following link:
Registration of this exemption
Once you have read and understood the full guidance, please go to the following page to register:
Read the full guidance for this exemption
Please read the document below for the full guidance on this exemption: