The heating of metals in a furnace or other combustion chamber for the purpose of removing grease, oil or any other non-metallic contaminant - paragraph 44 exemption

A paragraph 44 exemption allows the heating of iron, steel or any ferrous-alloy(1), non-ferrous metal or non-ferrous metal alloy, in one or more furnaces or other appliances, the primary combustion chambers of which have in aggregate a net rated thermal input(2) of less than 0.2 megawatts, for the purpose of removing grease, oil or any other non-metallic contaminant.

Waste stream(s) permitted

Iron, steel or any ferrous-alloy, non-ferrous metal or non-ferrous metal alloy.

Storage and location

Waste must be securely stored at the premises where the heating is to take place. All waste, including waste stored in containers must be stored on an impermeable pavement.

Additional conditions

In the case of a process involving the heating of iron, steel or any ferrous-alloy, the exemption does not apply if that process is related to a process described in any of paragraphs (a) to (h), or (j) to (l), of Part A or paragraphs (a), (b), (e) or (f) of Part B of section 2.1 of Schedule 1 to the Industrial Pollution Control (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations 1998; or

Paragraphs (a), (b) or (c) of Part C of section 2.1 of Schedule 1 to the Industrial Pollution Control (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations 1998 or,

An activity described in section 2.1 (other than in paragraph (d) of Part C) of Part I of Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention & Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

In the case of a process involving the heating of any non-ferrous metal or non-ferrous metal alloy, sub-paragraph (1) does not apply if that process is related to a process described in any of paragraphs (a) to (g), or (j) or (k), of Part A of section 2.2 of Schedule 1 to the Industrial Pollution Control (Prescribed Processes and Substances) Regulations 1998; or

an activity described in Part A of section 2.2 of Part I of Schedule 1 to the Pollution Prevention & Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

This exemption does not apply to the removal by heat of plastic or rubber covering from scrap cable or of any asbestos contaminant.

Interpretation

  1. "ferrous alloy” means an alloy of which iron is the largest constituent, or equal to the largest constituent, by weight, whether or not that alloy also has a non-ferrous metal content greater than any percentage specified in section 2.2 of Schedule 1 to the 1998 Regulations, or as the case may be, section 2.2 of Schedule 1 to the 2003 Regulation and “non-ferrous metal alloy” shall be construed accordingly.
  2. “net rated thermal input” means the rate at which fuel can be burned at the maximum continuous rating of the appliance multiplied by the net calorific value of the fuel and expressed as megawatts thermal.

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 44 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 44 exemption and wish to proceed with the registration please contact:-

Forms and guidance

 

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