You should read this page if you produce, transport, receive, deal or broker waste.
The information will help you:
- classify your waste (using the List of Waste)
- identify if it is hazardous waste
- understand the controls that apply to hazardous waste
Information about a number of common wastes and an outline of controls that apply to hazardous wastes is provided in:
The guidance also includes information on prohibition on mixing and the waste hierarchy.
Follow the links for further guidance to:
Further information on classifying and assessing waste
More detailed advice on classifying and assessing waste can be found in:
The third edition of WM2 includes:
- an updated assessment framework
- revised guidance on the List of Wastes, with supporting examples for key waste streams
- updated advice on data sources and use of safety data sheets
- more concise information on assessment of hazardous properties (Appendix C), with updated methodology for H4/H8 Irritant/Corrosive
- a separate supplement on waste sampling (Appendix D)
The guidance should be applied no later than 1 September 2013 with the following notes:
- The procedure detailed in Appendix A on waste oils and oil contaminated waste, packaging waste and contents (Examples 3 and 10) should be applied before the 1 January 2014. This supersedes and replaces the Environment Agency's HWR08 guidance.
- Businesses that use the acid/alkali reserve test for H4 Irritant and H8 Corrosive need to have confirmed its suitability for their waste using the alternative tests given in Appendix C4 no later than 1 January 2015. We would welcome sector based approaches for common wastes.
- Appendix D, ‘Waste Sampling’ is recommended practice based on the standard rather than legislation. Classifying a waste correctly is a legal requirement that helps ensure that the waste is managed appropriately. We therefore expect businesses to be able to demonstrate that any waste classifications based on sample results are reliable. These are the criteria we will use to assess this.
- The small mixed WEEE example (21) in Appendix A, which provides guidance on the classification of WEEE and related components, is correct. Our regulation of this waste stream remains unchanged, and will be reviewed once national dialogue on wider sector practices is complete.
Additional guidance on certain wastes