Burning waste oil as a fuel - paragraph 8 exemption

A Paragraph 8 exemption allows the burning of waste oil as a fuel in an engine of an aircraft, hovercraft, mechanically propelled vehicle, railway locomotive, ship or other vessel.

Waste stream(s) permitted

Waste oil


The total amount of waste oil burned in one hour in a single engine must not exceed 2,500 litres.


Storage must be in a secure container

Additional conditions

For this particular exemption, the following information is required to be submitted in accordance with Part II of Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Rgulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (as amended):

  • location, name and address and six figure Ordinance Survey Irish grid reference of the place where any waste is to be stored
  • quantity of waste oil to be stored at any one time
  • construction and capacity details of storage tanks and their bunds
  • type of vehicle in which the waste will be used

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 8 exemption can be found in Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003. 

Relevant Objectives in relation to the disposal or recovery of waste are given in paragraph 4 of Schedule 3 to the Regulations.

If you think that you can meet the requirements of the paragraph 8 exemption and wish to proceed with the registration please contact:- 

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