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3 Legal Requirements You Need to Know About Tipping Road Sweeper Waste

July 2, 2021 2:41 pm Published by

In this blog we will be explaining three important legal requirements that must be followed when tipping road sweeper waste… 

1. Can Road Sweeper Waste be Sent to Landfill? 

No. Under English and Welsh government guidelines, untreated liquid waste is prohibited from being sent directly to landfill due to the problems it causes by being flowable and mobile.  

The types of liquid waste that are banned under these regulations are any type of liquid including waste waters but not sludge and can be defined as: 

  • Any waste that near instantaneously flows into an indentation void made in the surface of the waste; or  
  • Any waste load containing free draining liquid substance in excess of 250 litres or 10% of the load volume, whichever represents the lesser amount. 

2. Where Can You Tip Your Road Sweeper Waste? 

In order to legally tip sweeper waste, companies must travel to a licensed site – like our facility in Bristol which has been running for 9 years! Once you’ve arrived at the site your waste will then go through a series of stages to be treated and recycled. 

At PMG, we have an EA (Environmental Agency) permit to treat this road sweeper and gully waste 

We can treat the following EWC’s at our plant in Bristol: 

  • 16-10-02 
  • 20-03-03 
  • 17-05-04 

We also have a Quality Protocol, allowing us to convert your waste material into useable sand and stone. Your road sweeper waste is a valuable resource, therefore we give it a new lease of life as recycled aggregates at construction companies across the Southwest. 

Did you know that approximately 12% of road sweeping and gully waste is stone (5mm-25mm) and 30% is sand? Ideal for use as pipe bedding! Find out more about our recycled aggregates.


3. What Happens if Your Waste Is Not Disposed of Correctly? 

Everyone has a responsibility to dispose of their sweeper waste correctly whilst sticking to legal requirements which means ensuring that it is only removed and disposed of by responsible and licenced operators.   

PMG are a licenced waste carrier and provide a duty of care document for all our customers to ensure that they know where their waste goes.  

There are serious outcomes if individuals fail to comply with The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991. There is no upper limit on the courts’ power to fine and can bring with it significant prison sentences to those found guilty. 

When using PMG, you can rest assured that your waste is being disposed of legally and responsibly.  

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