Small Waste Oil Burners - New Guidance
This month we have received notification from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) that they intend to consult on whether the revised guidance in respect of Small Waste Oil Burners (SWOB) is clear.
Existing guidance allowed local authorities to consider them on a case by case basis and in most cases exempt them from the regulations and issue a simple permit costing less than £100 per year. This was generally referred to as being “exempt from the WID” (EU Waste Oil Directive).
The new guidance explicitly states that Small Waste Oil burners ARE within the scope of the Environmental Permitting (England & Wales) Regulations 2010. This clarification means that 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 will still be issued by local authorities, the fees will be set by DEFRA with an initial application fee of £3218 and an annual fee of £1,384. There is also likely to be 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 burn non-waste fuel. It is important to note that the consultation does not ask whether SWOBs should continue to be exempt , only whether the revised guidance is clear.
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.
If you currently have a permit issued by your local authority, it is likely that you will receive a letter from them shortly advising you of the changes.
For further advice, please call our member helpline on 0845 305 4230.