Waste exemptions—a property and construction focus
Produced in partnership with RSK
Waste exemptions—a property and construction focus

The following Environment practice note produced in partnership with RSK provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Waste exemptions—a property and construction focus
  • Brexit impact
  • The definition of waste and the Waste Framework Directive
  • Environmental permits
  • Exemptions
  • Alternatives to permitting and exemptions
  • Crushing material

Waste exemptions—a property and construction focus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): The Environment Agency (EA) has published a series of temporary COVID-19 Regulatory Position Statements (RPSs) to minimise risks to the environment and human health, where compliance with certain regulatory requirements is not possible due to COVID-19. COVID-19 RPSs have been issued in several sectors including waste management, water industry and agriculture. If the conditions of the COVID-19 RPS are complied with, then the EA will not normally take enforcement action. For more information on COVID-19 RPSs, see Q&A: What does coronavirus (COVID-19) mean for environmental compliance in areas such as environmental permitting?

The issues concerning waste generation, storage, treatment and use is heavily regulated. The property and construction sector generate significant quantities of waste across the UK. The sector is under pressure to reduce waste from a variety of sources including:

  1. internal environmental management system (EMS) requirements

  2. client specifications

  3. planning conditions

  4. from a cost reduction perspective

The governing provisions for environmental permitting are now contained in the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016, SI 2016/1154 (EPR), which came into force on 1 January 2017. This EPR regime clarifies the position as to when an environmental permit is required for various operations. Typically property and construction sites attempt to re-use ‘materials’ wherever possible to ensure costs are minimised and higher sustainability credentials can be attained from the project. Many

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