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A change to Waste Wood Regulations

8 September 2023

From 1 September 2023, 'potentially hazardous' waste wood will be deemed 'hazardous' unless shown otherwise through testing.

The Environment Agency (EA) has confirmed the withdrawal of the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250 which allowed 'potentially hazardous' waste wood and 'non hazardous' waste wood to be received at Waste Transfer Stations, processed and sent mixed for recovery.

The EA has identified 10 items from pre-2007 buildings that are considered to be potentially hazardousBarge boards, facias, soffits, wooden windows, conservatories and doors, roofing timbers, tiling/ cladding battens and timber frames/joists.

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The Wood Recyclers' Association (WRA) can help recyclers with testing of these items to determine whether they are hazardous or not.

The WRA has produced two separate guides; one for the construction and demolition sector and one for the wood recycling industry. Both documents detail specific end use applications and the potential for hazardous wood waste.

Guidance Note TW14 Waste wood

How this may affect timber treaters and their customers

Hazardous and potentially hazardous waste wood items from pre-2007 structures or waste classed as Grade D wood waste will need to be segregated and marked as hazardous waste. 

Download our revised Guidance Note TW14 which details how to classify treated waste wood.

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