Classify different types of waste

5. Vehicle and oily wastes

The tables below list waste codes for common wastes produced by vehicle maintenance and dismantling activities.

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

Vehicle fluids and other oils

You must not mix any of the following fluids:

  • mineral oils
  • cooking oils
  • halogenated oils
  • brake fluids
  • anti-freeze
  • washer fluids
  • oily waters

Vehicle and other oils

Waste type Waste status Contains PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) Mineral-based and chlorinated Mineral-based and non-chlorinated Synthetic Readily biodegradable Other oils
Hydraulic oils Hazardous 13-01-01* 13-01-09* 13-01-10* 13-01-11* 13-01-12* 13-01-13*
Engine, gear and lubricating oils Hazardous Not applicable 13-02-04* 13-02-05* 13-02-06* 13-02-07* 13-02-08*
Insulating and transmission oils Hazardous 13-03-01* 13-03-06* 13-03-07* 13-03-08* 13-03-09* 13-03-10*

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

Interceptor wastes

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Interceptor sludges Hazardous 13-05-03*
Oily water from interceptor Hazardous 13-05-07*
Solid waste from interceptor Hazardous 13-05-01*

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

Fuels, brake and anti-freeze fluids

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Fuel oil and diesel Hazardous 13-07-01*
Petrol Hazardous 13-07-02*
Other fuels, including mixed fuels from mis-fuelling Hazardous 13-07-03*
Brake fluids Hazardous 16-01-13*
Antifreeze containing hazardous substances Hazardous 16-01-14*
Antifreeze not containing hazardous substances Non-hazardous 16-01-15

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

Vehicles and their components

The waste code for end-of-life (ie no longer usable) tyres is 16-01-03.

Vehicles

Waste type Waste status Waste code
End-of-life vehicles - un-depolluted Hazardous 16-01-04*
End-of-life vehicles - depolluted Non-hazardous 16-01-06

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

Components, including oil filters

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Oil filters Hazardous 16-01-07*
Components containing mercury Hazardous 16-01-08*
Components containing PCBs Hazardous 16-01-09*

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

Air bags

The waste code for explosive components (eg air bags) is 16-01-10*.

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

Brake pads

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Brake pads containing asbestos Hazardous 16-01-11*
Other brake pads Non-hazardous 16-01-12

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

Car batteries

The waste code for lead acid car batteries is 16-06-01*.

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

Catalytic converters

The waste code for catalytic converters is 16 01 21*, or 16 01 22 for those that don’t contain refractory ceramic fibres (RCF).

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

End-of-life vehicle wastes

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Ferrous metal Non-hazardous 16-01-17
Non-ferrous metal Non-hazardous 16-01-18
Plastic Non-hazardous 16-01-19
Vehicle glass Non-hazardous 16-01-20

Contaminated materials

Waste type Waste status Waste code
Clothing, absorbents or wiping cloths contaminated with hazardous substances Hazardous 15-02-02*
Clothing, absorbents or wiping clothes contaminated with non-hazardous substances Non-hazardous 15-02-03

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