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The Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007

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7.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), treatment of land used for agriculture with any kind of waste specified in column 2 of the Table in sub-paragraph (3) from the corresponding source specified in column 1 of that Table where such treatment results in benefit to agriculture or ecological improvement.

(2) Subject to sub-paragraph (5), treatment with a kind of waste specified in column 2 of Part 1 of the Table in sub-paragraph (3) from the corresponding source specified in column 1 of Part 1 of that Table of—

(a)operational land of a railway, light railway, water undertaker, internal drainage board, British Waterways Board or the Agency; or

(b)land which is a forest, woodland, park, garden, verge, landscaped area, sports ground, recreation ground, churchyard or cemetery,

where the land in question is not used for agriculture and such treatment results in ecological improvement.

(3) The Table referred to in sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) is set out below.

Column 1Column 2
Source of WasteKind of Waste
PART 1
Wastes from forestry, aquaculture, horticulture and fishingPlant-tissue waste
Wastes from sugar processingSoil from cleaning and washing beet
Wastes from wood processing and the production of panels and furniture

Waste bark and cork

Sawdust shavings, cuttings, wood and particle board

Wastes from pulp, paper and cardboard production and processingWaste bark and wood, pulp from virgin timber
Soil (excluding excavated soil from contaminated sites), stones and dredging spoilSoil and stones
Wastes from aerobic treatment of solid wastesCompost of biodegradable garden and park waste
Garden and park wastes (including cemetery waste)

Biodegradable waste

Soil and stones

PART 2
Wastes from the preparation and processing of meat, fish and other foods of animal origin

Blood and gut contents from abattoirs, poultry preparation plants or fish preparation plants

Wash waters and sludges (with or without treatment) from abattoirs, poultry preparation plants or fish preparation plants

Shells from shellfish processing

Wastes from fruit, vegetables, cereals, edible oils, cocoa, coffee, tea and tobacco preparation and processing; conserve production; yeast and yeast extract production, molasses preparation and fermentationAll wastes derived from the processing of such materials
Wastes from sugar processingAll wastes derived from the processing of sugar
Wastes from the dairy products industryWastes derived from the processing of dairy products
Wastes from the baking and confectionery industryAll wastes derived from the processing of raw materials used in the baking and confectionery industry
Wastes from the production of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (except coffee, tea and cocoa)All wastes derived from the processing of the raw materials used in the production of such beverages
Wastes from pulp, paper and cardboard production and processing

De-inked paper sludge and de-inked paper pulp from paper recycling

Lime mud waste

Wastes from the leather and fur industrySludges from on-site effluent treatment free of chromium
Wastes from the textile industry

Organic matter from natural products

Wastes from finishing other than those containing organic solvents

Sludges from on-site effluent treatment

Wastes from textile fibres

Wastes from the manufacture of cement, lime and plaster and articles and products made from them

Wastes from calcinations and hydration of lime

Gypsum

Wastes from power stations and other combustion plantsGypsum
Soil (including excavated soil from contaminated sites), stones and dredging spoilDredging spoil (other than those containing dangerous substances)
Wastes from aerobic treatment of waste

Compost derived from source segregated biodegradable waste

Liquor from aerobic treatment of source segregated biodegradable waste

Digestate from aerobic treatment of source segregated biodegradable waste

Wastes from anaerobic treatment of waste

Compost derived from source segregated biodegradable waste

Liquor from anaerobic treatment of source segregated biodegradable waste

Digestate from anaerobic treatment of source segregated biodegradable waste

Wastes from the preparation of water intended for human consumption or water for industrial useSludges from water clarification

(4) Secure storage, at the place where it is to be used, of not more than 1,250 tonnes of waste intended to be used for a treatment falling within sub-paragraph (1) or (2), if—

(a)the waste is stored at a distance of at least—

(i)10 metres from any watercourse,

(ii)50 metres from any spring or well, or from any borehole not used to supply water for domestic or food production purposes, and

(iii)250 metres from any borehole used to supply water for domestic or food production purposes;

(b)no waste is stored within 0.3 metres of the top of an open storage container or within 0.75 metres of the top of an earthbank tank or lagoon; and

(c)the waste is stored for no more than 12 months.

(5) An operation only falls within sub-paragraph (1) or (2) if—

(a)it is carried on in relation to an area of land of 50 hectares or less;

(b)no more than the following quantities of waste are used on the land in any period of 12 months—

(i)in the case of sugar beet soil, 1,500 tonnes per hectare,

(ii)in the case of dredging spoil from inland waters, 5,000 tonnes per hectare, or

(iii)in the case of any other waste, no more than 250 tonnes per hectare; and

(c)the operation is carried on in accordance with any requirements imposed by—

(i)in England, the Animal By-Products Regulations 2005(1);

(ii)in Wales, the Animal By-Products (Wales) Regulations 2006(2).

(6) In this paragraph—

(a)“agriculture” has the meaning given by section 109 of the Agriculture Act 1947(3);

(b)“operational land” in relation to an internal drainage board means land which is held for the purpose of carrying out its functions as an internal drainage board.

(1)

S.I. 2005/2347.

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