Waste Facility Permits (WFP’s) are required by Local Authorities for certain types of waste activities. Typically, waste facilities that require such permits are less hazardous or on a smaller scale than facilities that require an EPA Waste Licence. Although, it is important to note that WFP Facilities still can pose a risk to the environment and local area (in the form of noise, odour and dust for example).

A waste recovery facility accepting <50,000 tonnes of Non-hazardous General MSW, Commercial or Industrial waste requires a WFP, while an EPA Waste Licence would be required if this threshold was breached or if they facility accepted hazardous waste.

Environmental Efficiency are involved in the preparation and submission of WFP Applications for waste companies and have completed such applications for many different types of waste facility. The stages that may be involved in completing a WFP Application are as follows:

  • Pre-application consultation and scoping of the WFP Application
  • Site walkover and audit (e.g. for existing facilities carrying out a WFP Application Review)
  • Discussion with developer, architects and engineers to determine the characteristics of the waste activity.
  • Completion and Submission of the WFP Application Form.

WFP Applications are typically supplemented with Environmental Monitoring and other assessment (e.g. Appropriate Assessment) and Environmental Efficiency can assist with these aspects also.

The services of an architect will be required either before or during the WFP Application process in order to develop clear and detailed drawings showing the site layout as well as the layout of waste management operations at the facility.

A good level of company documentation is required to be submitted as part of the application. Environmental Efficiency can assist with the collation of this documentation.

We can also assist with the development of environmental processes and procedures for the operation of a waste facility such as emergency response procedures, spill response procedures, dust minimization procedures and hazardous materials storage procedures, among others.

For further information on permitting please contact Richard Deeney rdeeney@enviro-consult.com