Those dealing with an organisation’s waste need to be familiar with a number of key phrases and definitions, eg “controlled waste”, “hazardous waste” and “directive waste” so that the organisation’s waste can be properly managed, as this topic describes.

In Practice

Waste Definitions from Legislation

Definition of Waste

The definition of waste is taken from the Waste Framework Directive (WFD) 2008/98/EC (as amended by Directive 2018/851) which defines waste as “...any substance or object that the holder discards, or intends to, or is required to discard...”. In the UK the term “directive waste” has been coined to describe waste subject to the WFD.

In 2016, Defra issued updated official guidance on the definition of waste. Two documents have been published: a detailed legal explanation (published in 2012) and a practical guide for business.

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