The storage of sludge - paragraph 10(b) exemption

A paragraph 10(b) exemption allows the storage of sewage sludge which is to be used in accordance with The Sludge (Use in Agriculture) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1990.

Waste stream(s) permitted

Sewage sludge


The quantity of waste to be stored will be dependent on the crop requirement and be based on the soil and waste analyses.


Sludge must be stored at the place where it is to be spread and must not be stored for a period of more than 6 months.

Storage must be in a secure container or lagoon or, in the case of dewatered sludge, in a secure place on land.

The following information contained in Part II of Schedule 2 of This Waste Management Licensing regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003 (as amended) is required for the registration of an exemption under Paragraph 10

  • the names, addresses and telephone numbers, and, if applicable, the fax numbers and e-mail addresses of the establishment or undertaking that is to store the sludge and the establishment or undertaking supplying the sludge
  • the quantity of sludge to be stored and its origin
  • information on how the sludge has been treated and where it has been treated
  • the location in which the sludge is to be stored or spread, including a description of any container or lagoon to be used
  • the locations of any buildings, public rights of way, abstraction points or surface waters above ordinance datum which are situated within 400 metres of the boundaries of that place

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 10 exemption can be found in Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003.

 More detailed information on this exemption can be found in the guidance documents below.

For storage and spreading on non-agricultural land you should apply for a Paragraph 10a exemption.

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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