Classify different types of waste

3. Packaging waste and recyclables

The tables below list waste codes for common packaging and domestic type recyclable wastes.

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

Containers must be empty to be classified as packaging waste.

Waste type Waste status Plastic Metal Paper and cardboard Glass Textiles
Clean packaging Non-hazardous 15-01-02 15-01-04 15-01-01 15-01-07 15-01-09
Other clean material, unmixed - excluding packaging Non-hazardous 20-01-39 20-01-40 20-01-01 20-01-02 20-01-11
Mixed clean material - including packaging Non-hazardous 15-01-02 and 20-01-39 15-01-04 and 20-01-40 15-01-01 and 20-01-01 15-01-07 and 20-01-02 15-01-09 and 20-01-10
Empty packaging contaminated with residues of hazardous substances, eg paint cans, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and drums Hazardous 15-01-10* 15-01-10* 15-01-10* 15-01-10* 15-01-10*
Empty packaging contaminated with residues of non-hazardous substances Non-hazardous 15-01-02 15-01-04 15-01-01 15-01-07 15-01-09

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