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Guide published to help avoid waste misclassification

The waste and resource management industry has published an easy-to-use guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them.

The waste and resource management industry has published an easy-to-use guide on common misconceptions in waste classification and how to avoid them.

The guide is aimed at all those who deal with waste day-to-day, including waste producers, carriers, brokers, consultants in managers.

The note lists the most common mistakes in waste classification, explains why they are wrong, and sets out what businesses should do about it. 

It covers categories such as waste acceptance criteria (WAC), List of Waste/European Waste Catalogue codes, and hazard property codes, as well as waste types such as metals, hydrocarbons, and inert wastes. 

Common errors

Dr Gene Wilson, chair of the waste industry classification group which produced the guide, said: “Misclassification of waste is one of the most serious issues facing our sector. Where it is done deliberately, to avoid proper waste treatment, the regulator needs to step in and take firm enforcement action.

“But often misclassification can be accidental, and here the industry itself has a responsibility to ensure that all involved are competent for the task and classify waste as accurately as possible. That is why the Environmental Services Association (ESA), working with its partners in the waste industry classification group, has produced this guide on how to avoid the most common classification errors.”

The guide has been welcomed by the Environment Agency and is hosted on the websites of the ESA, Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), and the national Right Waste Right Place campaign.

To view the guide, click here.