New Industry Guidance on Waste Packaging

Supplementary guidance to the Environment Agency’s Technical Guide on the classification and assessment of waste (WM3) has been produced by trade associations representing companies operating in the chemical supply chain that use packaging.

The new industry guidance, which is intended to be complementary to WM3, focuses on waste packaging (such as bags, boxes, bottles, tins, kegs, barrels, drums, IBCs etc) and includes a flow chart for assessing whether packaging is waste or not and, if it is waste, whether it should be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous.

It also gives specific guidance on a method for the assessment and classification of effectively empty packaging containing residues of hazardous substances.

The Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and Scottish Environment Protection Agency have welcomed the development of this new guidance and have agreed to its adoption in England, Wales and Scotland.

The new guidance can be downloaded from:

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