Quality protocols: converting waste into non-waste products

Frameworks which explain how to achieve end of waste status for certain waste derived materials.

Quality protocols explain when a waste derived material can be regarded as a non-waste product and no longer subject to waste controls.

They aim to produce high quality products from waste materials to promote greater recovery and recycling.

If there is no quality protocol for your material, see the detailed end of waste test guidance. This explains how to assess the waste status of your material if you are planning to produce a new product from waste.

Quality protocols review

Environment Agency’s progress on revising the waste quality protocols.

Quality protocols (QPs): rules for all QPs

You must follow these rules for each non-waste product.

Quality protocol (QP) documents

Each QP document states if it applies in England, Northern Ireland and/or Wales.

Published 24 June 2014
Last updated 15 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have added a new document, 'Waste quality protocols review'.

  2. Revised presentation of content for non-packaging plastics: quality protocol.

  3. New quality protocol added: recycled gypsum from waste plasterboard.

  4. Guidance added on Quality protocol rules.

  5. New quality protocol added to the collection: Aggregate from waste steel slag.

  6. Added new Biodiesel quality protocol to the collection and archived previous version (LIT 5397).

  7. First published.