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Reminder - Small Waste Oil Burner (SWOB) guidance

Reminder - Small Waste Oil Burner (SWOB) guidance

31 October 2018

As we move into the colder months, we are starting to receive questions from members about the use of Small Waste Oil Burner (SWOBs).

The old guidelines allowed local authorities to consider them on a case by case basis and in most cases exempt them from the regulations by issuing a simple permit costing less than £100 per year. This was generally referred to as being “exempt from the WOD” (EU Waste Oil Directive).

However, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) updated SWOB guidelines on 1st April 2016. The revised guidance explicitly states that Small Waste Oil burners ARE within the scope of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010 and in order to continue to burn waste oil in a SWOB after 31st March 2016 it will be necessary to have a permit under Schedule 13A of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010.

Although these are still issued by local authorities, the fees have been set by DEFRA with an initial application fee of £3218 and an annual fee of £1,384, plus additional monitoring requirements which will further increase costs. This is likely to be cost prohibitive for most garages and the only alternative will be to dispose of waste oil via a registered waste carrier and only burn non-waste fuel.

NOTE: This change to the guidance affects England and Wales only, current guidance in Scotland and Northern Ireland already states that SWOBs are within the legislation.

For further advice, please call the direct member helpline number or 0845 305 4230.