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Quality Protocol for aggregates updated

Rules on when aggregates from inert waste are deemed fully recovered and cease to be inert waste have been updated.

The Environment Agency (EA) and WRAP revised end-of-waste criteria to reflect current industry standards and to tell producers and users how to reach full compliance

The aim is to make it clear when waste management controls are no longer required for a product.

The revised Quality Protocol (QP) is applicable immediately in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, with a transition period for existing QP producers and users until 1 January 2014.

Updates include a definitive list of materials for which the rules apply and a comprehensive listing of all currently approved industry standards.

The revision also improves guidance on testing procedures and requirements as well as for transport, storage and handling of recycled aggregates.

Aggregates need to conform with the EU marking requirements, which apply to all aggregates placed on the market since July 2013.

Aggregates must also be produced under Factory Production Control, another new EU standard.

Roger Hoare, EA environment and business manager, said: “In revising the QP, we have worked closely with industry to ensure it is up to date with current legislation and reflects industry best practice. 

“The updated protocol will provide greater clarity for industry and regulators, which can only help improve compliance and uptake of the criteria and the financial and environmental benefits they deliver.”

Alongside the revised QP, the EA is trialling an online QP checker tool offering an easy, step-by-step guide for companies to check whether their waste-derived products meet the relevant QP requirements.

The EA is inviting feedback on this prototype.

WRAP launched a consultation on the QP in March 2011.

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