2. Construction and demolition waste

The tables below list waste codes for common construction and demolition waste.

You can find additional codes for other waste and advice on how to apply these codes in the technical guidance on waste.

Insulation and asbestos materials

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Insulation containing asbestos Hazardous 17-06-01*
Other insulation containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-06-03*
Other insulation materials Non-hazardous 17-06-04
Other construction materials containing asbestos Hazardous 17-06-05*

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics

This list excludes asbestos-containing materials - refer to the insulation and asbestos materials table for any waste with asbestos.

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Concrete Non-hazardous 17-01-01
Bricks Non-hazardous 17-01-02
Tiles and ceramics Non-hazardous 17-01-03
Concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics (alone or in mixtures) containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-01-06*
Concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics in mixtures, containing no hazardous substances Non-hazardous 17-01-07

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Wood, glass and plastic

This list excludes packaging wastes and domestic type recyclables - refer to the packaging section for related codes.

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Wood - untreated Non-hazardous 17-02-01
Glass - uncontaminated Non-hazardous 17-02-02
Plastic - excludes packaging waste Non-hazardous 17-02-03
Treated wood, glass, plastic (alone or in mixtures) containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-02-04*

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Bituminous mixtures, coal tar and tar

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Bituminous mixtures containing coal tar Hazardous 17-03-01*
Other bituminous mixtures Non-hazardous 17-03-02
Coal tar and tarred products Hazardous 17-03-03*

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Metallic waste, including cable

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Copper, bronze and brass Non-hazardous 17-04-01
Aluminium Non-hazardous 17-04-02
Lead Non-hazardous 17-04-03
Iron and steel Non-hazardous 17-04-05
Tin Non-hazardous 17-04-06
Mixed metals Non-hazardous 17-04-07
Metals containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-04-09*
Cables containing oil, coal tar and other hazardous substances Hazardous 17-04-10*
Other cables Non-hazardous 17-04-11

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Soil, contaminated soil, stones and dredging spoil

You must be able to prove that your waste doesn’t contain any hazardous substances to classify soil as non-hazardous - you’ll always need to assess the soil before you hand it over to be collected.

The presence of any fragments of asbestos-containing material in the soil results in a mixed hazardous waste - refer to the insulation and asbestos materials table for more guidance.

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Soil and stones containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-05-03*
Other soil and stones Non-hazardous 17-05-04
Dredging spoil containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-05-05*
Other dredging spoil Non-hazardous 17-05-06

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Gypsum

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Gypsum materials containing hazardous substances Hazardous 17-08-01*
Other gypsum materials Non-hazardous 17-08-02

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Cement

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Un-used or un-set cement Hazardous 17-09-03*

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Paints and varnishes

Paints and varnishes of a type normally used by householders can be classified under the codes indicated in brackets if separated out from other waste.

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances Hazardous 08-01-11* (20-01-27*)
Not containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances Non-hazardous 08-01-12 (20-01-28)
Paint or varnish remover Hazardous 08-01-21*
Paint cans Hazardous Refer to packaging waste and recyclables section

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.

Adhesives and sealants

Adhesives and sealants of a type normally used by householders can be classified under the codes indicated in brackets if separated out from other waste.

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances Hazardous 08-04-09* (20-01-27*)
Not containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances Non-hazardous 08-04-10 (20-01-28)
Adhesive or sealant containers Hazardous Refer to packaging waste and recyclables section

(*) An asterisk at the end of a code means the waste is hazardous.