Hazardous Waste Guide (England and Wales)

Hazardous Waste- Producer Guide to Complying with Environmental Legislation (England and Wales)

Hazardous waste is… …waste that is chemically hazardous or infectious to humans or the environment. To ensure that hazardous waste (previously referred to as ‘special waste’) does not pollute the environment or cause injury, it needs to be dealt with in line with:

  • The EU Hazardous Waste Framework Directive transposed to the Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 and WM2 2008 (updated 2009) guidance.
  • The European Agreement Concerning the International carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR).
  • The EU Revised Waste Framework Directive 2008
  • Other waste-related European directives (see DEFRA website http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/waste/strategy/legislation/index.htm )

Classification and Pre Acceptance

As a waste producer, you are responsible for the safe and legally compliant removal and disposal of your waste. One of the most important steps in fulfilling this ‘duty of care’ is identifying whether you have any hazardous waste on your site. To classify your waste, you will need to know the chemical components and their concentrations. You will also need to be able to describe how the waste was produced. The WM2 guidance document provides detailed instructions on how to classify a waste. This can be downloaded from the Environment Agency website and includes a list of European Waste Catalogue (EWC) Codes.


http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32200.aspx WM2 is used in conjunction with Table 3.2, European Commission Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation. This indicates hazards of individual chemicals in the form of “risk phrases”:

Table 3.2

http://ecb.jrc.ec.europa.eu/classification-labelling/ If you are unsure about what is in the waste or how to classify it, the Enviroco Sales Support team will be happy to carry out this classification for you. We will require as much information about the waste and process as possible, so that we can determine the components and concentrations. This process is called ‘pre acceptance’ and we may request:

  • Material safety data sheet (MSDS) for products present in the waste
  • The process that gives rise to the waste
  • Raw materials used in the process
  • A sample of the waste
  • An existing analysis

When enough information has been recorded you will be asked to complete and sign a pre acceptance form.

Premises Registration

EA hazardous waste premises registration http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32198.aspx

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Codes

This code indicates the nature of business that is producing the waste. It is required for premises registration and also for the consignment notes. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/static/documents/Business/uk_sic2003_1106867.xls

Consigning hazardous waste

Enviroco can collect from UK mainland sites and will generate all paperwork (hazardous waste consignment note) and labels required for transporting your waste http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/topics/waste/32196.aspx You may transport your own waste to one of our sites, however, please make sure that your driver and vehicle comply with dangerous goods regulations. http://www.hse.gov.uk/cdg/manual/adrcarriage.htm You will also require a hazardous waste consignment note which we can provide if necessary. Please keep your copy of the consignment note for your records.

Environment Agency Hazardous Waste Returns

You will receive quarterly summaries of wastes consigned to Enviroco called “waste returns”. Please keep these for your records.