Legal Requirements for Spill Containment

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001

For Oil & Fuel stored outdoors

  • All oil containers must be stored in a bunded area or on a drip tray (sump pallet)
  • Defra LogoThis is mandatory and it is an offence not to comply
  • The sump pallet must be sufficient to contain 110% of the maximum contents of the oil container
  • Where more than one container is stored, the bund should be capable of storing 110% of the largest container or 25% of the total storage capacity, whichever is the greater

For complete guidelines, please view here.

Pollution Prevention Guidelines

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PPG26 states the requirement to have Spill Kits on site to respond to any spills.

Spill Kits containing plugging compound, drain protection and oil or chemical absorbents should be strategically located both within or near the stoarge area and also remote from it

It is also recommended that vehicles transporting drums and IBCs carry a spill kit.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme

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All the major construction companies have signed up to this scheme to demonstrate their responsible environment attitude; they are therefore agreeing to the terms.

  • Have a specific environmental policy for the site
  • Segregate, re-use and recycle all waste
  • Monitor all material waste
  • Have energy saving measures in place
  • Avoid pollution and wastage at all times
  • Have fuel oil spillage clean-up equipment available

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 implies that adequate spill protection equipment must be on hand and staff trained to use the equipment to protect the environment in the event of an accidental spillage.

Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control (IPPC)

IPPCIntegrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) is a regulatory system that employs an integrated approach to control the environmental impact to air, land and water of emissions arising from industrial activities.

It involves determining the appropriate controls for industry to protect the environment through a single permitting process.

In order to gain an IPPC permit, operators of industrial sites must show that they have systematically developed proposals to apply the Best Available Techniques (BAT) to pollution prevention and control and that they address other requirements, relevant to local factors.

The Water Resources Act 1991 Update 2009

Basic outline:

Section 85 of the WRA is concerned with the offence of polluting controlled water. The purpose of the section is to impose criminal liability on those who pollute natural water resources. The main offence states that it is an offence to cause or knowingly permit poisonour, noxious, or polluting matter or any soliid waste to enter any controlled waters.


Controlled waters are defined in section 104 of the Act and include territorial, coastal, inland and ground waters. The penalties for contravention range from a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months or a fine not exceeding £20,000 or both. Infringements that are more serious can carry penalties of imprisonment not exceeding two yeras, an unlimited fine, or both.

About Us

Slicker Recycling is the market leader specialising in the collection and recycling of hazardous workshop waste and the provision of associated waste management services.

Our size and nationwide coverage means we offer the best rates as well as additional services to handle all waste related requirements for the automotive, transport and general engine servicing industries. The oil we collect is re-processed into a fuel and other wastes are recycled or re-used to help achieve our mission of zero landfill.

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