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.

Does your business need an environmental permit?

If your business carries out any of the activities listed below, you probably need an environmental permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (EPR). These types of activities are those that can cause air pollution (for example smoke, dust or solvent fumes) or affect the environment (water or land contamination).  Please note that this list of activities is a cut-down version of the rather complicated full list of activities in the Regulations.  Please contact us to double-check whether you need a permit or not.

These are some of the most common businesses needing an Environmental Permit:

  • Petrol stations
  • Dry cleaners
  • Crushing and screening of concrete, bricks and tiles
  • Roadstone coating processes
  • Loading, unloading and use of bulk cement (e.g. a batching plant)
  • Using solvents (e.g. for surface cleaning, or vehicle respraying)
  • Foundries (furnaces)

Other businesses that need an Environmental Permit

Animal and vegetable processing sectors

  • Vegetable matter drying processes
  • Maggot breeding
  • Sausage casings
  • Fish meal processing
  • Wet pet food manufacture
  • Animal feed compound
  • Mushroom substrate manufacture
  • Tobacco processes

Combustion and Incineration

  • Boilers and furnaces, 20-50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Gas turbines, 20-50 MW Net Thermal Input
  • Waste oil and recovered oil burners less than 0.4MW
  • Waste oil or recovered oil burners, 0.4-3 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Compression ignition engines, 20-50 MW Net Rated Thermal Input
  • Combustion of fuel manufactured from/comprised of solid waste
  • Crematoria
  • Animal carcase incineration