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Industry Develops New Waste Packaging Guidance

Business Associations in the chemical supply chain, including CBA, have developed supplementary guidance to WM3 covering the assessment and classification of wastes coming within the scope of the European Waste Framework Directive.

The Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency have welcomed the development of this guidance and have agreed to its adoption in England, Wales, and Scotland.

This industry guidance focuses on waste packaging and includes a flow chart designed to help companies assess whether packaging actually constitutes waste and whether it should be classified as hazardous or non hazardous. The guidance specifically provides criteria helping with the classification of empty packaging containing residues of hazardous substances.

Industry Guidance on the assessment and classification of waste packaging WP1 August 2018

This supplementary guidance was updated in August 2018, in line with revisions to WM3 issued by the joint environment agencies in July 2018.

This guide was prepared by a partnership between Chemical Business Association (CBA), Chemical Industries Association (CIA), and the Non-Ferrous Alliance (NFA) – led and supported by the Environment Agency’s Climate Ready Support Service, which is responsible for delivering the Government’s commitments under the National Adaptation Programme 4. It was developed using an active workshop to bring together climate change adaptation expertise together with technical and industry knowledge, and using Climate Ready’s Business Areas Climate Impacts Assessment Tool (BACLIAT). For more on this guidance, please click on Safeguarding chemical businesses in a changing climate 

The EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC seeks to reduce the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment by introducing recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste, and by encouraging minimisation and reuse of packaging. The UK implemented these provisions into legislation as the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 1997 in March 1997.

The legislation has been amended numerous times most recently as the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (as amended).  Click here for the regulations.  The recycling and recovery obligations are regularly updated by DEFRA.