It is now possible to declassify empty but unclean waste packaging from being hazardous/special waste.

Since the adoption of WM3, the joint agency technical guidance for the classification of waste, packaging that contains residues of hazardous substances has been classified by default as hazardous waste.

This is no longer the case, due to new guidance published that has been adopted by the relevant agencies in England, Wales and Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland.

The new guidance takes the weight of the packaging into account, when determining whether the hazardous residues surpass the thresholds outlined in WM3.

You can download the new guidance here.

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