11 August 2017
Trade associations representing companies in the UK chemicals supply chain have developed guidance on the classification and assessment of waste packaging.
Companies that produce waste from their operations must assess and classify their wastes in accordance with the Environment Agency's technical guidance, which falls within the scope of the European waste framework Directive.
The new guidance helps companies assess whether the waste packaging should be classified as hazardous or non-hazardous.
In particular, it advises on a method for the assessment and classification of "effectively empty packaging" that has residues containing hazardous substances. This allows companies to classify such waste packaging as non-hazardous, subject to certain criteria being met.
Trade associations, which contributed to the guidance, include:
• British Coatings Federation;
• British Plastics Federation;
• Chemical Business Association; and
• Chemical Industries Association.
The European Commission has recently consulted on the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation.