The classification criteria for whether or not a waste is hazardous are complex, not least because the rules can change without much notice.

In August 2013 the Environment Agency, in conjunction with Natural Resources Wales, SEPA and the NIEA published WM2, revision 3, their UK- wide guide to the classification of hazardous waste.

Last week, the EA issued a public warning to hazardous waste producers and waste management companies, through the Chartered Institute of Waste Management, reminding duty holders of their responsibilities.

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Completing a hazardous waste consignment note and declaration can be difficult. Wastes must be classified under the EU hazard criteria according to WM2, and if the waste is also dangerous goods, under the United Nations dangerous goods classification criteria. The two systems don’t always get along happily.

For example, Lithium batteries. Hazardous you might think? Certainly they are dangerous goods, but they are not hazardous waste. They are classified as non hazardous.


If you are worried about your waste and wish to ensure your compliance, we offer on-site training as well as hazardous waste and dangerous goods consultancy services. We are just a click or phone call away.


Please see also our Hazardous Waste and Dangerous Goods Updates Course here.