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Hazardous Waste Reporting – Environment Agency looks to wood waste industry to reinforce rules

Hazardous Waste Reporting


As from the 1st April the Environment Agency (EA) is looking to the Wood Waste industry to reinforce the rules regarding correctly identified wood waste, in particular that any hazardously treated wood that is moved is done so on the correct European Waste Catalogue (EWC) codes.

How does this impact on our suppliers?

Should any hazardous material be seen (telegraph poles / railway sleepers / gas bottles etc.) they must be immediately rejected, removed from the load, weighed and held to one side.

  • The rest of the load can them be moved to the correct pile for processing.
  • The delivery driver must be held whilst the Waste Supplier is contacted.
  • The waste supplier must be called and it is their responsibility to have the identified hazardous material returned to them (if they are authorised to accept it) or delivered somewhere that is authorised to receive it, using the vehicle currently on site.

If we are unable to contact the waste supplier, the EA has accepted that small quantities of hazardous waste can be quarantined and held on site whilst direction is sought form the waste supplier regarding onward disposal. This is a temporary agreement only.

The expectation of the EA is that we will proactively liaise with the waste supplier to agree the next steps, evidence of the communication between the site and the waste supplier will be retained to demonstrate this. Failure to consign the identified hazardous material within 48 hours will result in the reprocessor (i.e. Timberpak) having to inform the EA of a failure to follow this procedure.

The waste supplier must raise a new consignment note covering the movement of the identified hazardous material to the intended destination. This will cost £10 for an electronic return, or £19 for a paper return and will be invoiced by the EA when the supplier submits their quarterly consignee return. The consignment note must include the course of action and the new EWC which is denoted as hazardous by adding a *. This then must be emailed by the waste supplier to our site for inspection asap but definitely within 24 hours, and they must make a call to the EA to inform them that Hazardous Material has been rejected from our site within 24hrs of the material being moved.

This is a procedure that should already be in place with all our suppliers, and currently the practice of just returning the material will cease as the EA require full transparent deceleration in accordance with their policies detailed in: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/hazardous-waste-rejected-loads-supplementary-guidance


Your quick guide

  • All loads will be inspected as tipped
  • Hazardous material need removing, weighing, recording and reporting as soon as identified.
  • The supplier of the hazardous material needs to return the material on the delivery vehicle to the supplier or alternative site immediately.
  • A consignment note needs to be raised by the supplier to confirm above action and must be seen by the Reprocessor within 24hrs.
  • The consignment note needs to be reported by both parties to the EA within 24 hours and included on quarterly consignee returns.

Procedure for Hazardous Waste

This procedure is for ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE and not just wood.

Waste supplier = Originator of the waste. (Timberpak Customer)

Waste reprocessor = Wood recycler (Timberpak)

Consignment note = EA Hazardous document

Consignee return = Consignee return sheet
And remember... There are 4 main hazardous waste codes related to wood:

This procedure is for ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE and not just wood.

03-01-04: Sawdust, shavings, cuttings, wood, particle board and veneer containing hazardous substances (wastes from wood processing and the production of panels and furniture)

17-02-04: Glass, Plastic and wood containing or contaminated with hazardous substances (construction and demolition)

19-12-06: Wood containing hazardous substances (waste treatment, mechanical process)

20-01-37: Wood containing hazardous substances (municipal wastes)