Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
The European Waste Catalogue (EWC) List of Wastes is a standardised way of describing waste. The EWC is used when completing:
The EWC is a list of waste types which categorises wastes based on a combination of what they are, and the process or activity that produces them.
The EWC is divided into 20 chapters. Waste types are assigned a six-digit code:
Hazardous/special wastes are identified using an asterisk (*).
The use of EWC codes to describe waste is a legal requirement of the Duty of Care for waste which requires the holder of waste to take all reasonable steps to ensure that waste is described in a way that permits its safe handling and management.
SEPA has produced an alphabetical list of waste types with their relevant EWC codes. The Waste Thesaurus: SEPA guidance for coding waste is a useful tool to identify the correct EWC code for your waste type.
If you can’t find a code for your waste check the Guidance on classification and assessment of waste.
European Waste Catalogue (EWC) - waste codes
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