Environment Agency published a temporary regulatory position statement on waste collection
Published: 14 Jan 2020

The Environment Agency has published two regulatory position statements (RPSs), for collection of:

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations SI 2016/1154 require a permit for a waste operation if you treat and store waste that you are collecting. The Environment Agency currently is reviewing the provisions contained in the Full Text of Schedule 3 to those Regulations and, as a result, produced the following interim measures for the collection of certain waste, which, if the conditions of the RPS's are complied with, do not require a permit.

These RPS's will be reviewed by December 2020.

Collecting non-hazardous, non-food waste from different premises at a single site

This RPS only applies to waste that is:

  • produced, treated and stored on the same site, owned or operated by (or on behalf of) a single owner or occupier;
  • collected by contractors employed by (or on behalf of) the owner or operator of the site.

It only applies to treating waste:

  • so that you can make its further transportation easier;
  • in a way that it does not change any of the composition of the waste (chemical or biological).

The allowed treatment operations in this case are:

  • compacting or shredding paper or cardboard to increase the amount of waste you can collect within a container;
  • reducing the size of large items to allow easier loading;
  • separating recyclables from mixed wastes and putting them into separate storage containers for recycling.

This RPS does not apply to hazardous waste or food waste.

Such waste must be stored in a secured location and only collected for further transportation. Any organic matter must be stored in an enclosed container to minimise odour and access by vermin or pests. Liquid waste must be stored in a leak-proof container with secondary containment. Different types of waste must not be mixed.

The storage limits are:

  • 1000 litres of liquid waste; and
  • 200 mof other types of waste.

This type of waste must not be stored for longer than a week for organic matter, and a month for non-organic matter that will not decompose.

Collecting food waste from different premises at a single site

This RPS only applies to:

  • food waste;
  • gathering and storing food waste without any treatment;
  • waste that is produced and stored on the same site, owned or operated by (or on behalf of) a single owner or occupier;
  • waste collected by contractors employed by (or on behalf of) the owner or operator of the site.

In terms of the storage of food waste, you must:

  • gather and store food waste separately from other types of waste;
  • store it in a secure place to ensure waste is not escaping and it cannot be accessed by members of the public;
  • store organic matter that will decompose in a fully enclosed container to prevent and minimise odour and access by vermin and pests; and
  • store liquid waste in a suitable leak-proof container with secondary containment.

The storage is limited up to a maximum of 50 m3 of food waste at any one time on the same site. The waste must be only stored for onward transportation. Food waste can be kept on-site for up to seven days.

For more information on this subject, see: