Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status

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Service status

A sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Our online application service for registering waste exemptions is currently unavailable. 

Service status update 15 April 2021: Permitting and Complex waste exemptions

Permitting

What are we able to do now?

What should you do now?

  • Please do not submit any applications at this time and check regular updates.
  • Contact us if you had submitted an application prior to 24 December 2020 and your authorisation is required urgently within the next three weeks. 

Complex waste exemptions

What are we able to do now?

  • We are now able to accept applications to register new exempt activities and to renew existing registrations.

What should you do now?

  • Contact us if you require to register for an activity that is starting within the next three weeks or your exemption is due for renewal within next four weeks.

  • If your registration expired, or is due to expire, in the period between 24 December 2020 and 30 April 2021 SEPA is treating your registration as extended until 30 June 2021. The period of extension will end on 30 June 2021.  We would now ask that you contact us to renew any registration that falls within the aforementioned dates.

Next update: 23 April 2021

Activities requiring registration

The following exempt waste activities require an exemption. 

Paragraph
Activity
1
Use of waste glass under appropriate authorisation
2

Operation of a scrap metal furnace under authorisation

3

Burning specified waste as a fuel under authorisation

4

Cleaning, washing, spraying or coating of waste packaging

5

Burning waste as a fuel in an authorised appliance, recovery of fuel from waste vegetable oils

6
Burning waste oil as a fuel in an engine
8(1)

Storage of sewage sludge

11

Baling, sorting, shredding etc. of specified wastes

13
Manufacture of specified products from specified wastes
14
Manufacture, repair or refurbishment of finished goods from specified wastes
15
Beneficial use of waste
16
Screening of specific wastes
17
Storage of specified waste in a secure place
18
Storage of specified waste in a secure container
20
Laundering waste textiles
21
Chipping, shredding, cutting or pulverising waste plant matter
22
Recovery of silver from photographic wastes
24
Crushing, grinding or size reduction of waste bricks, tiles or concrete under authorisation
25
Deposit of dredging wastes
26
Recovery/disposal of waste at the place of production as an integral part of the production process
28
Use of autoclaves to sterilise waste
29
Disposal of waste at the place of production by burning in an incinerator
30
Burning plant tissue waste on land in the open
31
Discharge of waste onto the track of a railway
32
Burial of waste from sanitary conveniences
33
Wastes arising from peatworking
34
Keeping or deposit of spent ballast
35
Deposit of waste from an excavation for mineral exploration
36
Temporary storage of specified waste at a harbour
38
Deposit or storage of samples of waste
39
Secure storage of specified wastes at a pharmacy, medical, nursing, vet or needle exchange facility
43
Crushing of waste gas discharge lamps
44
Heating metals in furnaces to remove grease, oil or any other non-metallic contaminant
48
Storage of specified WEEE at a secure place