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.
NetRegs now has an e-learning course that takes you through the process of identifying the correct EWC code for your waste.
European Waste Catalogue (EWC) - waste codes
SEPA Special Waste Consignment Notes – updated position, The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is now accepting special waste consignment notes (SWCNs) by email only.
DAERA Waste Policy Tracker, The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has published a Waste policy tracker to stay informed of waste policy developments.
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