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Pollution Prevention Guidance

Pollution prevention guidance (including PPGs) which advise industry and the public about their legal responsibilities.

Each publication gives guidance on how to avoid pollution and comply with the law. The Environment Agency may take enforcement action against polluters, which could include prosecution.

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs) are based on relevant legislation and reflect current good practice. Following the guidelines will help you manage your environmental responsibilities to prevent pollution and comply with the law.


Pollution prevention guidance series (PPGs)

(PPG1) Understanding Your Environmental Responsibilities

Pollution Prevention Guidance 1 (PPG1) gives information to businesses about basic environmental responsibilities and practices.

It includes basic advice on risk assessment, site drainage, storing oils and chemicals, waste management and dealing with incidents.

PPG1 explains your environmental responsibilities and where to find the information you need to put the basics into action. Read the other PPGs in the series for more detailed information, or contact us for advice.

10 July 2013 Guidance

(PPG2) Above ground oil storage tanks

Choosing and using oil storage tanks, PPG2: prevent pollution - Advice on how to choose and use above-ground oil storage tanks to comply with environmental law and prevent pollution.

The guidance covers:


15 April 2014 Guidance

(PPG3) Choosing and using oil separators: prevent pollution

Pollution Prevention Guidance 3 (PPG3) provides information about choosing and using oil interceptors to comply with environmental law and prevent pollution. It gives information to businesses about choosing, installing and maintaining an oil separator.

Oil separators can be fitted to surface water drains to protect the environment. They work by separating oil from water and containing the oil safely.

Surface water may be contaminated by oil at a number of different sites. These sites need to have measures in place to prevent this oil from polluting the environment. These sites include:

1 April 2006 Guidance

(PPG4) Sewage treatment and disposal where there is no foul sewer

How to comply with environmental law and prevent pollution when treating and disposing of sewage where no foul sewer is available.

Pollution Prevention Guidance 4 (PPG4) provides advice to domestic properties on choosing, installing and maintaining septic tanks, package treatment plants and drainage fields, where no foul sewer is available for use.

Choosing the right sewage treatment and disposal method for your site is essential to ensure value for money, effective long-term performance, protection of public health and the environment, and compliance with relevant legislation.

This guidance will help you choose the correct option for your circumstances by telling you about;

1 July 2006Guidance

Works in, near or over watercourses, PPG5: prevent pollution

How to prevent pollution and comply with the law when planning construction, maintenance or other works in, near or over watercourses.

Pollution Prevention Guidance 5 (PPG5) provides advice about how to prevent pollution and comply with environmental law when planning works near, in or over ponds, lakes, ditches, streams, rivers and other watercourses.

It gives information about planning the works, managing silt, concrete and cement, oils and chemicals, maintaining structures over watercourses, waste management and responding to pollution incidents.

15 April 2014 Guidance

(PPG7) Safe Operation of Refuelling Facilities

Pollution Prevention Guidance 7 (PPG7) provides information to businesses who operate retail and non-retail liquid refuelling facilities.

PPG7 includes guidance on planning, designing, operating and maintaining refuelling facilities, plus information on storing other related, non-fuel products and dealing with environmental incidents. It also explains the storage of emission reduction solutions, such as AdBlue®.

They will help you prevent damage to surface waters, groundwater, land and air. They describe good practice in fuel storage and management that can reduce the environmental risk of your site. These guidelines also refer to the storage and handling of other liquids commonly used in association with fuel storage and dispensing.

These guidelines apply to all types of fixed refuelling facilities but you may need to comply with additional legislation and guidance depending on the:

23 August 2011 Guidance

(PPG26) Storing and handling drums and intermediate bulk containers

Pollution Prevention Guidance 26 (PPG 26) gives information to commercial and industrial businesses who store and handle drums and intermediate bulk containers (IBCs).

It provides advice on choosing drums and IBCs, designing storage areas, delivery and handling, maintenance, dealing with spills and waste management.

The guidelines give information and advice about storing liquids, for example oil and chemicals, in:

where these containers aren't directly connected as an input to, or outflow from, a process, for example part of a manufacturing system, no matter how many containers are being stored. You may have containers that are a slightly different size from the sizes given. This guidance also applies to other sized containers.

15 April 2014 Guidance

(PPG27) Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanksence 2

This guidance applies to all underground storage tanks, including those containing petroleum, diesel, fuel oil, aviation fuel, waste oil, domestic heating oil and other potentially polluting materials such as organic solvents.

There is a high risk of pollution during the installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tank (UST) systems. This pollution prevention guidance covers all USTs, including those containing petroleum, diesel, fuel oil, aviation fuel, waste oil, domestic heating oil and other potentially polluting materials such as organic solvents. It does not cover operational issues and should be read together with guidance issued by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to protect groundwater at sites where fuel is stored underground.

For the purpose of the guidance, a UST system is any tank, associated underground pipework and ancillary equipment that is completely or partially below ground level. This definition includes any tank that is partially above ground but covered with earth, and any tank in a vault or basement where its base and sides cannot be inspected. If it is possible to inspect all the base and walls, the tank is considered to be an above ground storage tank and separate Agency guidance applies. For the purposes of pollution prevention, it is best to store potentially polluting substances above ground.

1 February 2004 Guidance




Other Pollution Prevention Guidance

How to choose and look after domestic oil storage tanks

Advice on choosing and using domestic oil storage tanks to comply with environmental law and prevent pollution.

Every year the Environment Agency deals with thousands of oil pollution incidents that damage the environment and property, most of which could have been prevented. The most common causes of oil pollution from domestic oil systems are:

The damage caused can be extensive and clean-up costs can run into tens of thousands of pounds, not to mention the risk that you could be prosecuted and/or fined if your oil pollutes the environment.

5 March 2012 Guidance

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

Gives information about how to comply with the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001.

If you store more than 200 litres of oil above ground at an industrial, commercial or institutional site, then these Regulations affect you. The sites they cover include; factories, shops, offices, hotels, schools, churches, public sector buildings and hospitals. The Regulations apply only in England.

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 (OSR England) aim to reduce the number of oil pollution incidents. By meeting the requirements of the Regulations you will be storing your oil safely, legally and reducing the risk of a potentially costly pollution incident.

3 February 2011 Guidance

Preventing industrial and commercial pollution: pollution prevention pays

It includes advice on site drainage, handling and delivering materials, storage, waste management, trade effluent and emergency planning and response. It gives information about the costs of pollution incidents and how preventing pollution can be good for business.

All industrial and commercial sites have the potential to damage our natural environment. We've produced this pack for businesses to help reduce the risk of causing environmental pollution and protect them from the costs involved in pollution incidents and cleaning them up.

This guidance will help businesses in England and Wales who don't have an environmental permit for all the activities on their site but who may have a permit or exemption for some activities on their site. It may also help businesses with an environmental permit for all their activities. It's your responsibility to check if your activities need a permit or exemption to operate legally.

21 January 2013 Guidance

Bespoke Bund Coatings

Our protective bund coating is the long term cost effective guaranteed solution and offers the following benefits:

  • Chemical Resistant bund sealing
  • Approved for Contact with Potable Water
  • Used in Marine Environments
  • Used in Cold Storage Facilities
  • Suitable for Water Waste Facilities
  • Extremely Durable and Hard-wearing
  • Fast-curing bund repairs
  • Ideal for bund refurbishments

Replacement Bund Linings

GLS Coatings' Specialist bund linings have been used extensively throughout the UK.

The bund linings create a completely seamless membrane, providing a sealed environment that is both oil and water tight, thus containing any potential diesel, fuel, chemical or oil leaks or spillages within the bund.

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