Lithium battery fires

Lithium batteries have caused fires in the rubbish lorries. Please do not put batteries in your waste or recycling bin. All batteries (including lithium batteries from e-bikes and e-scooters and other re-chargeable devices) can be taken to the Reuse and Recycling Centre at Northumberland Wharf.

Industrial and commercial

Certain industrial processes in Tower Hamlets are regulated by either the Environment Agency or by the Council. The Environment Agency permits a number of waste sites in the borough. The Council regulates smaller industrial processes such as:

  • dry cleaners,
  • petrol stations
  • and concrete batchers.


Each process must hold a permit under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (2016). Permits for Part B and A2 installations are issued by the Council. Currently there are no A2 installations in the borough. We are required to keep a Public Register of these processes.

Find out more infomration on Environmental Permits

Apply for an enviromental permit or make a complaint

If you would like to apply for an Environmental Permit or make a complaint regarding an industrial or commercial site, please email: or call 020 7364 5000

Please provide:

  • a description of the problem,
  • the address of the problem site
  • your name, address and contact details.