Assessment & Classification of Waste Packaging 2017
This is the joint industry document on the Assessment and Classification of Waste Packaging - developed in conjunction with the UK Environment Agency and adopted in England, Scotland and Wales - published in July 2017Download
2016 Duty of Care Guidelines from DEFRA
DEFRA have now published their revised Duty of Care Guidance - please see attached document by clicking on the DEFRA logo to the left - or download via the following link:
UK Reconditioning Sector - Concerns over inconsistent EA Audits & Permits
The IPA have raised concerns with the Environment Agency & DEFRA over the rising level of inconsistent audit requirements for the UK Container Reconditioning Industry.
With many empty, uncleaned packagings, that are for cleaning and reuse, being outside the scope of waste regulation, it appears that some regional EA officers are mistakenly applying Chemical Waste rules to reconditioning operations, who are collecting (where these are considered to be waste) used packaging - as correctly consigned under EWC 15 codes.
The IPA have also raised concerns over the incorrect issue of T1 exemptions - which many companies are using to treat wastes that are not within the scope of T1 allowances.
The attached letter details some of these concerns and may be used for reference by IPA Reconditioning members when liaising with their local Environment Agency officials.
2016 Changes to Hazardous Waste Registration
Changes to Premises Registration and the Consignment Note Number format
The Environment Agency are making changes that will affect premises registered with the Environment Agency as hazardous waste producers.
Two aspects of the hazardous waste regulations are changing on 1 April 2016, which, if a Hazardous Waste Producer, you will need to prepare for:
· Producers of hazardous waste in England will no longer need to notify their premises with the Environment Agency.
· The format of the unique consignment note code, which appears on every consignment note, will change.
A copy of Frequently Asked Questions is attached, which should help explain the changes.
WM3 Hazardous Waste Classification
The Environment Agency has now published it's WM3 Guidelines for Classification of Hazardous Wastes. Although this revised guidance does not have a significant impact on classification of Empty, Uncleaned Packaging (as per agreed definitions within WM2) it does clarify the classification of what is Hazardous.
The requirement for Empty, Uncleaned packaging with hazardous residues to be consigned under EWC 15-01-10* remains unchanged - although consideration should be given to the intended handling and use of used packaging, as certain forms of reuse do not fall within the waste classification.