Environmental Permits replaced waste management licenses and PPC permits: they control any activity that may pollute the environment or affect drainage and flood risk adversely, such as waste operations.
You cannot operate a waste facility legally without the correct permit and you cannot undertake legal waste operations outside the permit boundary.
Before a permit can be issued you must supply the Environment Agency with documents that satisfy all their requirements. The documents outline how your facility/operation will comply with current legislation.
Permit applications are complex and the process is lengthy. The criteria the Environment Agency use to assess your documents may change as an application is processed so you can expect lots of liaison and some fine tuning.
Helping you progress – success through expertise
Leppitt Associates has a proven track record in permit applications: we have good working relationships with our local EA officers; we negotiate effectively with the national permitting team; and we have the expertise to design practical solutions to potential obstacles.
We have successfully obtained Environmental Permits for:
waste transfer stations
asbestos waste transfer station
leachate treatment plants
Whatever the size or nature of your facility we can undertake all aspects of Environmental Permitting:
bespoke, standard and exemption applications;
site surrender and closure plans;
permit transfers and permit variations.
Environmental Management Systems – documenting and designing environmental protection
The design and operation of your facility and how you perform waste activities must be compliant to make sure you protect the environment throughout the life of your permit: polluting the environment can lead to large fines.
We can prepare the Environmental Management System for your permit application: this is the document that describes how you will guard against pollution events or adverse effects on flood risk/drainage. Please follow the link for further details.
the nature of your site operations and the potential fire risk
how the design of your site minimises the risk of fire outbreak
the procedures and mechanisms you will use to contain a fire
A successful FPP requires scrupulous attention to detail; you must prove your site is fit to withstand a worst case scenario fire, defined by the Environment Agency.
To satisfy the Environment Agency that your facility if safe to operate you must provide and/or store enough water (or an approved alternative medium) to douse the fire.
Your site must be engineered appropriately so that all the water (or other dousing medium) used to fight a fire can be contained without risk to the environment.
Leppitt Associates has successfully submitted FPPs for a range of waste facilities. We have worked closely with personnel from the Fire & Rescue Service to ensure pragmatic solutions to the constraints of the FPP for all our clients, whether you need to work with an existing site or are planning a new site. Contact Us to discuss your requirements.
Building fire resistant walls for waste storage bays
It is possible to use specified waste in a Recovery Operationif the Environment Agency agree the activity is not a ‘Disposal Operation’ (e.g. a landfill) .
if your planning permission says you must reinstate your working site progressively because it is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or an Area of Great Landscape Value;
if you can provide a business plan (or equivalent) to prove you could still make a profit even if you used primary aggregates for the intended operation.
We have helped clients to obtain Recovery Permits for both these scenarios, starting with an effective Recovery Plan.
If you are planning an operation and think it could qualify as ‘Recovery’ Contact Us – we will be happy to discuss your project and visit your site for further clarification.
Creating a Product
Following an approved Quality Protocol turns waste into a product and makes it saleable
We can write your Aggregate Protocol or Plasterboard Protocol for you and turn waste into a business opportunity