Legal definition of waste guidance

How to decide if a material is waste or not – advice for organisations such as businesses, local authorities and charities.


Legal definition of waste (original full document)

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The general guide explains how to work out if waste rules apply to your material. You will need to:

  • decide if your material is waste
  • identify when waste rules apply
  • find out when waste ceases to be waste
  • find out when waste rules do not apply

The full document is set out in 3 parts. They are:

  • part 1 – the background and rationale for providing guidance on end of waste
  • part 2 – a practical guide for businesses and other organisations
  • part 3 – detailed guidance on the legal definition of waste and its application

Find out when your material achieves end of waste so you can create new products.

Published 5 May 2016
Last updated 5 May 2016 + show all updates
  1. First published.

  2. Published revised general guide to businesses.