Defining your waste

You will need to identify whether your waste stream is hazardous or non-hazardous

  • non-hazardous waste - is waste which is neither inert nor classed as hazardous and does not fall within the hazardous waste classification.
    Examples include paper and aluminium cans.

  • hazardous waste – is waste which has properties that may make it harmful to human health or the environment.

Examples include:

• Construction and demolition waste, such as contaminated soil and wood, asbestos, glass and plastic
• Electronic waste, such as fluorescent tubes, computer monitors and televisions
• Industrial waste, such as solvent, paint, varnish, oils, cleaning cloths, filters and soiled protective clothing
• Residue from other waste treatments, such as ash from incinerators

Once identified you will need to provide each different waste stream with its own EWC Code. One document regularly used to identify the code is the European Waste Catalogue developed by the European Union.
The Catalogue provides a full list of wastes grouped according to industry or process to establish if your waste is hazardous. To be able to find the correct EWC code for your waste type, information relating to the waste and the process in producing the waste needs to be obtained.
A six-digit code is given to each waste type and hazardous wastes are identified with an asterisk (*).
Certain wastes are always classified as hazardous.  However, others require assessment to ascertain whether they are hazardous or not.  This will depend on whether the amounts of hazardous substances within the waste are above threshold limits. 

Our Technical Sales Advisors are highly trained in waste analysis and can advise you whether your waste is hazardous or not and assist in identifying the correct EWC code for your waste stream.