Dockside Storage of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF)

The manufacture and export of Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) has seen significant growth as waste producers and operators seek alternative means of disposal to landfill. Figures published by the Environment Agency (EA) showed that RDF exports to overseas Energy from Waste plants achieved 2.37m tonnes in 2014.

TerraConsult have recently completed two Bespoke Permit applications for port operators and exporters for the storage of RDF pending export. The need to obtain an Environmental Permit for this activity followed the withdrawal of EA Regulatory Position Statement 128, in April 2015, which previously allowed storage of RDF at the dockside without the need to obtain an Environmental Permit.

The withdrawal of position statement 128 was in response to a series of high-profile waste fires involving stored wastes. Consequently an Environmental Permit is now required for this activity and the Environmental Permit Application must include a fire prevention plan in addition to the normal permit application documents.