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Hazardous wood guidance published

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New guidance has been produced for wood recyclers and reprocessors dealing with any hazardous material arriving on-site in waste loads.

The guide was published by the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA), which is leading an industry group to address concerns about incorrect classification of  material.

Discussion about the classification of waste wood began in 2017 after the Environment Agency (EA) expressed concerns about whether treated waste wood was being mis-described as untreated, clean grade A material and ending up in boilers that are not compliant under the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED).

The EA published a regulatory statement in November which temporarily allows mixed waste wood loads which have not been assessed to be coded and moved under a non-hazardous code, as long as it is destined only for panelboard manufacture or Chapter IV IED-compliant boilers.

A precautionary hazardous waste classification and associated consignment requirement will be applied to mixed waste wood loads in any other situation. Waste currently recognised as hazardous, such as railway sleepers, telegraph poles and wood treated with creosote, must continue to be segregated as hazardous waste wood and consigned as hazardous to appropriate facilities.

Julia Turner, WRA executive director, said the key point was now a different way of reporting any hazardous waste found.

“This guidance will ensure that our members report hazardous materials in a consistent and transparent way, which will help to build evidence for our ongoing work on waste wood classification.” she said. ”The guidance has been issued to all our members and we hope they will be compliant by 1 April.”

WRA guide to reporting hazardous waste

All loads will be inspected as tipped.

Hazardous material needs removing, weighing, recording and reporting as soon as it is identified.

The supplier of the hazardous material needs to decide what happens next while the driver is still on-site.  All actions are at the supplier’s cost. The options are:

  • return it on delivery vehicle to supplier or alternative site immediately
  • collect it and return it to supplier or alternative site within 24 hours
  • ask the reprocessor to dispose, raise paperwork and charge supplier

A consignment note needs to be raised by the supplier to confirm the above action and must be seen by the reprocessor.

The reprocessor must also raise a consignment note to record the reject, which must be raised and sent to the supplier and haulier immediately after the action is agreed.

Notification of rejection and subsequent consignment notes need to be reported by both parties to the EA on 03708 506 506 within 24 hours and included on quarterly consignee returns.

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