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EA Standard Rules permit consultation reminder

Environment AgencyTania Tucker from the Environmental Agency (EA) provided us with the following information on the consultation for proposed changes to standard rules permits to end of life vehicles (ELVs):

‘We are currently consulting on proposed changes to a number of our standard rules permits. The consultation includes a number of proposed changes to the current end of life vehicle (ELV) standard rules permits. The consultation is your opportunity to ensure that the proposed changes will work for you and your business and we would like any suggestions you may have for future sets of rules.

The closing date for the consultation is 20 September 2018. If you currently hold a standard rules permit that is part of this consultation you should have already received a letter from us. 

Which standard rules are being consulted on?


The following standard rules sets relating to ELV (ATF) sites are part of the consultation:

  • SR2012 No. 14: metal recycling, vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling facility (existing permits)
  • SR2015 No.18: metal recycling, vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling facility
  • SR2008 No. 20 75kte: vehicle storage, depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility (existing permits)
  • SR2015 No.13: 75kte vehicle storage depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility
  • SR2011 No. 3: vehicle storage depollution and dismantling (authorised treatment) facility (existing permits)
  • SR2015 No. 17: vehicle storage depollution and dismantling authorised treatment facility

The current versions of the Standard Rules permits can be viewed here:

Proposed changes – adding waste types 

These will enable catalytic converters and waste vehicle batteries from third parties to be accepted and stored at ELV sites: 

  • No more than 25 tonnes of waste vehicle batteries (waste code 16 01 01* or 16 06 05) shall be stored at the site at any one time. 
  • The acceptance and storage of up to 10 tonnes of intact waste vehicle catalytic converters (waste code 16 01 21* and 16 01 22) at any one time. 
  • There shall be no treatment of catalytic converters including de-canning, other than sorting and separating from other wastes. 
  • Catalytic converters will be stored in a manner that prevents the metal casing being damaged or pierced – if the metal casing becomes damaged the catalytic converter should be either double bagged or wrapped in a minimum of 400 gauge polyethylene. 

Proposed changes – removing waste types 

We propose to remove the following waste types. We are proposing to remove

these wastes because waste returns data indicates that they are not being accepted

by third parties: 

  • 16 01 07* – oil filters 
  • 16 01 11* – brake pads containing asbestos 
  • 16 01 12 – brake pads other than 16 01 11*. 

Proposed changes – additional battery storage conditions

We propose to add the following conditions in relation to battery storage: 

  • Lead acid batteries shall be stored upright in containers with the electrical connectors pointing upwards – the containers shall be impermeable with an acid resistant base and, unless stored under weatherproof covering, a lid to prevent ingress of water
  • Batteries of different types and chemistry shall be stored separately 

Tonnage reductions

Finally we are seeking views on our proposal to reduce the tonnage from less than 75,000 tonnes per year of ELV and the other wastes to less than 25,000 tonnes per year in SR2008 No.20 and SR2015 No.13. 

This is to more accurately reflect the data from waste returns. This change means that these standard rules permits would fall into the subsistence charging band in table 2.16.21 (£1,863) rather than the higher charge band 2.16.20 (£2,567).  

In addition we propose to reduce the tonnage from less than 5,000 tonnes per year of ELV and the other wastes to less than 2,500 tonnes per year in the SR2011 No3 and SR2015 No17. This is to ensure that these standard rules permits will fit into the charge band 2.16.22 (£971) rather than the higher charge band 2.16.21 (£1,863).

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Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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