IPPC Waste Treatment and Storage

The Regulation

The Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Directive (96/61/EC) was required to be fully implemented in all Member States by October 2007.

In 2007 the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) combined the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) and Waste Management Licensing (WML) regulations.

The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR) were introduced on 6 April 2010, replacing the 2007 Regulations

What it covers

The IPPC Directive covers:

  • The disposal of waste by landfill
  • Waste treatment and storage facilities that dispose of >10 tonnes of hazardous waste per day
  • Facilities that treat >50 tonnes of non-hazardous waste per day, and
  • Some hazardous waste recovery operations that treat >10 tonnes of hazardous waste per day.

An environmental permit for these types of facilities will also be a permit implementing aspects of other directives including the Waste Framework Directive, Hazardous Waste Directive and PCB Directive.

How it is regulated

The EA is the primary body responsible for regulating sustainable waste management in the UK. Their role is to protect people and the environment through a system of waste permitting; compliance assessment and monitoring and enforcement.  This covers activities including the transport, treatment and disposal of wastes.