The use and storage of waste glass under a Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit - paragraph 2 exemption

Paragraph 2 allows the use, under a Pollution Prevention and Control (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2003 permit, of waste glass as part of an activity within Part B of section 3.3 (the manufacture of glass and glass fibre) of Part 1, Schedule 1 to the 2003 Regulations.

Waste streams permitted

Waste Glass


The total quantity of waste glass used in the activity must not exceed 600,000 tonnes in any period of twelve months.

Storage and location

Storage must be at the place where the activity is carried out.

Additional conditions

The activity must be permitted under Schedule 1 Part 1, Section 3.3 Part B of The Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, which allows for:

  1. Manufacturing glass at any location where the person concerned has the capacity to make 5,000 tonnes or more of glass in any period of 12 months, and any activity involving the use of glass which is carried out at any such location in conjunction with its manufacture.
  2. Manufacturing glass where the use of lead or any lead compound is involved
  3. Manufacturing any glass product where lead or any lead compound has been used in the manufacture of the glass except -
    • making products from lead glass blanks; or
    • melting, or mixing with another substance, glass manufactured elsewhere to produce articles such as ornaments or road paint.
  4. Polishing or etching glass or glass products in the course of any manufacturing activity if -
    • hydrofluoric acid is used; or
    • hydrogen fluoride may be released into the air.
  5. Manufacturing glass frit or enamel frit and its use in any activity where that activity is related to its manufacture

Part B processes are permitted by the Industrial Pollution and Radiochemical Inspectorate of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA). An application form is available from our Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) section.

The relevant PPC permit must be submitted with the Paragraph 2 exemption application.

What the legislation says

The full wording of the paragraph 2 exemption can be found in Schedule 2 of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003. These regulations have been amended a number of times. Subsequent legislative updates can be found in 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.

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