Which regulations apply to the processing and sale of secondary aggregates? We have already been advised that we will need a Standard Environmental Permit to crush waste concrete in our factory. Will this secondary material still be regarded as a waste if we sell it to our customers? The concrete is inert and free of contamination.

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Which regulations apply to the processing and sale of secondary aggregates? We have already been advised that we will need a Standard Environmental Permit to crush waste concrete in our factory. Will this secondary material still be regarded as a waste if we sell it to our customers? The concrete is inert and free of contamination.

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The environmental regulators (Environment Agency in England) regulate all activities involving waste, including the processing of secondary aggregates. Under the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010, it is an offence to carry on a “waste operation” without first obtaining an environmental permit from the regulator.

The Standard Rules Permit (SRP) is a simple, standardised environmental permit which authorises you to store and treat waste in your factory. It sets out the conditions that you must comply with in order to protect the environment. For example, it specifies that the activity must not cause noise or release polluting emissions. Any breach of these conditions is an offence. The SRP most relevant to your activities is probably SR 2010 No. 12 Treatment of Wastes To Produce Soil, Soil Substitutes and Aggregates.

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