Burning of trade waste

What are my obligations?

It is an offence to burn trade waste. If you’re found burning waste, you could be prosecuted and face an unlimited fine.

Causing black or dark smoke is also an offence, and each offence can incur a fine of £20,000.

If you want to burn plant or natural wood as part of your business, you must apply to the Environment Agency for a D7 exemption.

Even if you don’t burn the waste yourself, it is your responsibility as a business to make sure your waste is disposed of in a suitable manner.

How do I report a business for burning its trade waste?

Call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060.

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