EQual: Ensuring quality of waste-derived products to achieve resource efficiency

EQual was an EU LIFE+ funded programme that supported businesses to reuse and recycle waste materials into new products while protecting human health and the environment.

About EQual

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EQual was a partnership programme part-funded by the EU’s LIFE+ environment programme. It provided online tools for waste producers, waste management companies and recycled materials users and regulators, to help them determine if their new products meet regulatory standards.

The EQual programme began in September 2011 and finished in March 2015.

Who was involved

The Environment Agency led the programme with 6 partners:

The partnership also worked with Defra, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government.

Achievements

EQual has given businesses the tools and techniques to help them decide if their recycled waste meets the regulatory standards when made into new products. It’s also provided technical guidance to regulatory specialists to help them regulate waste sites.

IsItWaste online tool

IsItWaste, an end of waste decision tool, was launched in November 2014. The tool helps businesses decide when a material is no longer waste. It can also be used to submit an application to the Environment Agency Definition of Waste Panel.

Quality protocol checker tool

The quality protocol checker tool was launched in March 2014. The tool enables businesses to self-assess their compliance with quality protocols. It is currently available for aggregates and compost users.

Incinerator bottom ash aggregate (IBAA)

The partnership characterised IBAA to help businesses understand the behaviour and risks associated with using it.

Field trials

The partnership completed field trials to assess the environmental and human health risks of:

  • poultry litter ash and paper sludge applied to arable soils
  • pulverised fuel ash (PFA) and (IBAA) used as secondary aggregates in construction

EQual poultry litter ash field trial: summary report

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EQual pulverised fuel ash field trial: summary report

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EQual paper sludge field trial: summary report

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EQual incinerator bottom ash aggregate field trial: summary report

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Newsletters

EQual programme Layman’s report: March 2015

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EQual newsletter: winter 2014/15

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EQual newsletter: spring 2014

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EQual newsletter: autumn 2013

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EQual newsletter: spring 2013

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Communicating the findings

The partnership is sharing and promoting their findings throughout the UK and Europe.

Contact details

EQual@environment-agency.gov.uk