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Hazardous Waste Wood

Certain waste wood categories which would previously be sent to wood recyclers will now be automatically classified as hazardous waste and will need to be disposed of accordingly at a suitably permitted facility.

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Historically, the ‘RPS 250’ relating to regulation in the Waste Wood industry allowed potentially hazardous waste wood items from the Construction and Demolition sector to be moved and processed as non-hazardous.

However, after extensive testing by the Wood Recyclers Association (WRA) to determine hazardous waste content in wood items, the Environment Agency decided to withdraw ‘RPS 250’ starting from 1st September 2023.

This means that certain waste wood categories which would previously be sent to wood recyclers will now be automatically classified as hazardous waste and will need to be disposed of accordingly at a suitably permitted facility.

Post the WRA testing there are ten additional waste wood categories that have been designated as hazardous, accounting for less than 1% of UK total wood waste.


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Hazardous Wood Items

The categories that will be classified as hazardous from September 2023 (typically from pre-2007 buildings), unless analysed to prove their non-hazardous nature, are as follows:


Potentially Hazardous Wood (Pre – 2007 Structures)


Hazardous Wood (Grade D)

These aforementioned items are in addition to those Grade D materials which were already excluded and considered hazardous within the original RPS 250, as outlined below:


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Hazardous Wood Disposal

All items referenced above cannot be sent to wood recyclers unless they are sent for a test to demonstrate that they are not hazardous.

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.

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