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Small Waste Oil Burners

Important Changes for Operators of Small Waste Oil Burners

Do you run a garage or service machinery and burn your waste oil to heat your building?

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There are some very important changes coming into effect in April 2016.  If you are using a small waste oil burner (SWOB) to burn waste oil, changes coming in under the EU Industrial Emissions Directive will affect your business. The changes will mean that if you burn waste oil, you will either apply for a new environment permit from Cornwall Council under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, or stop burning waste oil.

These changes apply to businesses across Europe.The main objective is to reduce emission of pollutants from the use of waste oil as a fuel. A secondary objective is that waste oil arising from the motor trade industry and elsewhere will be sustainably managed, including through an increase in the amount of waste oil being recycled. The intended effect is to improve air quality.

A permit is very expensive and it will cost a business over £3,000 to apply, plus ongoing costs. Cornwall Council would therefore recommend that businesses do not continue to burn waste oil, but instead dispose of this via a registered waste carrier. An alternative clean (non-waste) fuel can still be used in your waste oil burner and you should refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when deciding which fuel is best.

If you would like any more advice on SWOBs or are interesting in obtaining a permit to operate a SWOB, please do not hesitate to contact us using the details shown on this page.

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