HC Deb 21 December 2000 vol 360 cc311-2W
Sir Richard Body

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions if a person with a permit from a local authority to(a) use his premises as a knackers yard and (b) to incinerate specified risk material requires a waste management licence to incinerate dogs. [143846]

Mr. Meacher

Yes, subject to the following considerations.

The incineration of waste is classified as a waste disposal operation under the amended Framework Directive on waste. This means that any person operating an incinerator is required to hold a permit—as defined in paragraph 1 of Schedule 4 to the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 (as amended). A waste management licence, issued under Part II of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, is a permit for these purposes and would usually be required where the incinerator is designed to burn waste at a rate of 50 kgs per hour or less. An exemption from licensing may apply where the conditions set out in regulation 17 and paragraph 29 of Schedule 3 to the 1994 Regulations are fulfilled.

An authorisation under Part I of the 1990 Act is required for incinerators designed to burn waste at more than 50 kgs per hour.