Read about where we stand on recycling issues, waste management and waste regulations. Please click on any of the following to take you to further information:
- Composting and potential health effects from bioaerosols: our interim guidance for permit applicants
We have outlined our approach to the permitting of composting activities and bioaerosols in our revised position statement dated November 2010.
- Sustainable management of biowastes
These position statements explain our views on some of the issues concerning the developing topic of biowastes. This includes the use of Compost-Like Output (CLO) from Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) plants.
- Anaerobic digestion of agricultural manure and slurry (issued October 2010) (PDF, 70KB)
This position statement updates and replaces our briefing note issued in December 2008, following changes introduced by the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010. It explains how we will set out waste regulatory controls to the anaerobic digestion of agricultural manure and slurry, and the use of the resulting digestate as a fertiliser on agricultural land in England and Wales.
- Burning biogas collected from covered slurry stores (issued July 2010) (PDF, 75KB)
This document explains permit requirements for burning biogas that does not result from anaerobic digestion and the requirements for burning biogas that is a waste.
- Declaration of extreme weather conditions for spreading of slurry etc on agricultural land (issued November 2011) (PDF, 65KB)
This position statement specifies when and where extreme weather conditions have been declared.
- Using composting toilets and the resulting compost (version 1, issued August 2011) (PDF, 94KB)
This position statement explains our approach to the use of different types of composting toilets and sets out the permitting requirements.
- Restriction on the use of gypsum and plasterboard in animal bedding (issued March 2012) (PDF, 75KB)
There are no exemptions which allow the use of waste gypsum and waste plasterboard as animal bedding. We will not accept the use of plasterboard and waste gypsum as animal bedding until there is clear scientific evidence to demonstrate that it does not pose a risk to animals, humans and the environment from hydrogen sulphide generation.
- Spreading ash and washwaters from premises handling animal by-products (issued May 2012) (PDF, 80KB)
This position statement sets out the measures which need to be taken to protect animal health when ashes and wash waters from premises handling animal by-products (ABP) are spread on land.
- The environmental regulation of wood (updated July 2010) (PDF, 123KB)
This statement advises our staff and external stakeholders on when we consider wood to be a waste, what regulatory controls should be followed and our recommendations to industry. The document deals with virgin timbers and non-virgin timbers. This updates our previous position on the environmental regulation of wood (version 1.0).
- Regulating the recovery of waste drilling muds (issued May 2012) (PDF, 80KB)
This sets out how we regulate the treatment and recovery of waste drilling muds through an environmental permit, to ensure their impact on the environment is minimised.
- Use of recovered fuel oil in blast furnaces or coke ovens (issued July 2011) (PDF, 58KB)
Following discussions between Defra and the European Commission, it is now apparent that if recovered fuel oil is classed as waste, the requirements of the Waste Incineration Directive also apply, in addition to those of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control. This statement outlines our position on this.
- Use of alternative raw materials in manufacturing (issued March 2011) (PDF, 76KB)
We support the use of waste as Alternative Raw Materials, when those wastes can be used in a way that can ensure there is no environmental impact.
- Blast Furnace Slag (BFS) as a by-product (PDF, 158KB)
This explains our position on the status of BFS produced in the UK as air cooled blast furnace slag or ground granulated blast furnace slag.
- Clean scrap metal offcuts (issued May 2008) (PDF, 43KB)
This advises our staff and external stakeholders on our position regarding clean scrap metal offcuts from metal manufacturing processes.
- When a motor vehicle is considered to be waste (updated February 2010) (PDF, 90KB)
This statement sets out our view on when an abandoned, accident damaged or stolen motor vehicle is classed as waste. It replaces our earlier briefing note issued in October 2007.
- Air Curtain Incinerators (updated August 2012) (PDF, 63KB)
This statement sets out position on the permitting and use of air curtain incinerators (ACIs), otherwise known as air curtain destructors, air curtain burners or air burners.
- Use of electronic signatures on waste management transfer notes (issued January 2010) (PDF, 63KB)
This statement advises our staff and external stakeholders on our position regarding the use of electronic signatures on duty of care waste transfer notes.