Waste Facility Permitting & Licensing

Effective and Efficient Waste Management for Hazardous and Non-Hazardous Sites

European and national environmental legislation impose stringent legislative controls over a wide range of industrial and commercial activities.  This legislation requires operators of ‘regulated facilities’ to obtain the appropriate permits to operate or discharge substances to air, water and land thus protecting the environment and promoting best practice in waste facilities.  We work with various clients from medium-sized local and regional operators to international consortiums, working in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Our teams have many years of experience securing environmental permits, supporting planning applications, and helping clients construct new waste facilities cost-effectively and on schedule.  We assist our clients to comply with their permits by providing expert advice, collecting and reporting on emissions monitoring data and assisting them with their waste acceptance procedures.  Where operational practices change or as a result of legislative changes, we prepare the requisite permit variation.  Similarly, any change of ownership or new management of the waste facility will need a permit transfer for the new operator.  When a facility closes at its end of life, we support our clients through the permit surrender process.  Our permit compliance services including environmental monitoring and assessments help clients assess risks, comply with permit conditions and secure the permit surrender at the end of the life cycle.

We provide a comprehensive range of assessments throughout the entire facility lifecycle:

  • Baseline environmental monitoring
  • Geotechnical Studies and Stability Risk Assessments (SRA)
  • Groundwater, surface water and ground gas risk assessments
  • Odour and pest risk assessments
  • Master planning, management plans and environmental management systems
  • Fire prevention plans
  • Closure plans and surrender applications
  • Financial provision analysis

We advise on the permitting requirements for a broad range of facilities:

  • Hazardous, non-hazardous and inert landfill sites
  • Material Recycling Facilities (MRF)
  • Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) facilities
  • In-Vessel Composting (IVC) facilities
  • Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) for end-of-life vehicles and bespoke facilities, e.g. ship and oil rig decommissioning
  • In addition, our permitting experience extends to a broader range of industrial processes, including non-ferrous metal melting, wood treatment, wood combustion and mineral extraction and processing.


Expertise In-Depth:

• Applications for Environment Agency, NRW, SEPA and Local Authority regulated permits and discharge consents
• Air dispersion modelling
• Bioaerosol risk assessments
• Cost/benefit analysis of current post-closure management fees against likely surrender application costs
• Environmental Risk Assessments (ERA)
• Erosion control
• Expert witness support following legal action by the regulator
• Hydrogeological and hydrological risk assessments
• Landfill engineering and waste stability and settlement risk assessments
• Landfill gas risk assessments and carbon dioxide ICoP-based compliance limit reviews
• Management and emissions management plans: e.g. odour, fugitive emissions and noise and vibration
• Master planning and environmental management systems
• Permit variations, consolidation, transfers and surrender
• Post-closure restoration schemes using appropriate regulatory framework and permission
• Pro-active liaison with the environmental regulators, planning authorities and local authorities
• Site closure plans
• Waste assessment and classification
• Waste recovery advice for permit applications
• Review of subsistence fee calculations

• Installation and monitoring of emissions to air, land and water
• Auditing of monitoring infrastructure to ensure it is fit for purpose and recommendation of remedial measures if required
• Auditing and due diligence
• Design of environmental monitoring schemes per with permit requirements
• Holistic approach to data management including sampling of monitoring points, chain of custody of analytical data, review against compliance limits (if required), and presentation of data to client or regulator
• Installation of monitoring boreholes including surveying and CQA supervision
• Provision of competent field monitoring technicians with appropriate transport to remote and location-sensitive sites.
• Tendering, instruction and management of competitively costed 3rd party laboratory services