Last reviewed 14 January 2021

Following the end of the UK’s transition period to exit the EU, the Government has updated its technical guidance document on the classification of wastes.

WM3 provides guidance on waste classification. It is a comprehensive reference manual for anyone involved in producing, managing and regulating waste. The document has been updated to reflect changes to chemicals legislation as a consequence of the UK’s EU Exit.

Users of the document must be competent in hazardous waste and have some knowledge of chemistry to fully utilise all aspects of it.

Appendix A includes the waste classification codes, also referred to as LoW (List of Waste) or EWC (European Waste Catalogue) codes for hazardous and non-hazardous waste.

In addition, guidance on how to move waste between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been published. Essentially, EU waste shipment controls must be followed. These controls include the system of:

  • prior informed consent for notifiable waste

  • green list controls for non-notifiable waste.

Businesses are remined of their duty of care to ensure waste they generate is dealt with responsibly and only given to businesses authorised to take it.