Permission you need to deposit waste for recovery

Depositing waste for recovery is when you use waste material instead of non-waste material for:

  • construction
  • reclamation
  • restoration or improvement of land

The waste material serves a useful purpose because it replaces non-waste materials. Instead of the waste being disposed of, it is being recovered.

Unless you can operate under an exemption, you will need a permit from us to deposit waste. 

Get planning permission

You usually need planning permission to use land for depositing waste for recovery. You should contact your local planning authority for advice. You should do this well before you start your activity.

You must tell us if your planning permission expires, is withdrawn or changed by the planning authority as this may affect your permit and waste recovery plan. 

Check available permits

You can apply for a standard rule permit if you are able to meet the following criteria:

SR2017 No1: Use of waste in a deposit for recovery activity (construction, restoration, reclamation or improvement of land other than by mobile plant)- Maximum volumetric capacity of recovery operation 60,000 m3

If you have this permit you can only accept wastes that:

  • meet the description in the standard rules set, and
  • are included in your approved waste recovery plan, and
  • are within the total volume and tonnage included in your approved waste recovery plan

If you are unable to meet the criteria, you may need to apply for a bespoke permit.

Treating as well as depositing waste

If you intend to carry out a waste treatment activity to, for example, mix or blend waste or manufacture a soil substitute, you will need to apply for a permit that allows this. You can either apply for it as a separate activity within your deposit for recovery permit, or as a separate permit.

Standard rules permits for treating waste include: 

SR2008No11: Inert and excavation waste transfer station with treatment

SR2009No6: Inert and excavation waste transfer station with treatment

SR2010No11: Mobile plant for the treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate

SR2010No12 Treatment of waste to produce soil, soil substitutes and aggregate

Landfill sites

If you want to recover waste at a landfill site, including carrying out landfill restoration, that activity must be separately authorised either in your landfill permit or as a separate permit.

We consider landfill restoration to be the placement of an even layer of soil on top of the landfill (normally above the engineered cap) to return the land to beneficial use. You may use waste in any engineered structure if it satisfies the minimum engineering standards. Find out more in designing and building your landfill site.

Get pre application advice on landfill permits.

Information you'll need to provide in a permit application

Apply for a new standard rules waste permit

Apply for a new bespoke waste permit

Get advice

Before you apply for a permit you can get two hours of advice free. 

Get pre application advice.

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