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Coding and classifying wastes

Guidance on the List of Wastes - used to code waste for environmental permits and waste exemptions in England and Wales.

List of Wastes

We have issued new guidance on the List of Wastes, which is the new name for the European Waste Catalogue. The List of Waste Regulations 2005 bring the European Waste Catalogue into law in England and Wales.

Industry already has to use this coding system for hazardous wastes and on waste transfer notes under the Duty of Care. However, as the List has more than 800 codes for all hazardous and non-hazardous waste, it can be difficult to use correctly and achieve consistent monitoring and reporting.

We are now using List of Wastes codes to specify what facilities can accept under the terms of their environmental permits and in relation to exemptions.

Our guide (PDF, 1.3MB) provides information on how to interpret the List to help anyone producing, carrying or managing waste in England and Wales to code it correctly. We have also included a waste thesaurus - an alphabetical list of commonly used waste descriptions and their related codes.

The European Waste Catalogue

People need to accurately describe their waste to others for various reasons - for example, to say what kinds of waste they are allowed to handle (permitting) and what kind of waste is being handed over (duty of care).

In the past, a variety of different classification schemes have been in use. The European Waste Catalogue allows standard descriptions to be used, which can then be understood by everyone.