The chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising waste plant matter - paragraph 21 exemption

A paragraph 21 exemption allows the chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising of waste plant matter, or the sorting and baling of sawdust or wood shavings. Guidance and application forms can be found below.

Waste stream(s) permitted

  • Waste plant matter (including wood or bark)
  • Sawdust or wood shavings


No more than 1,000 tonnes of waste may be dealt with in any period of seven days.

Storage and location

Storage of the waste must be at the site where the activity is to be carried out

The total amount stored must not at any time exceed 1000 tonnes.

Additional conditions

The activities must be carried on for the purpose of recovery or reuse.

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 21 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.

Should you have any queries in relation to your application please contact:-

Forms and guidance

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