Meaning of waste—definition of waste
Meaning of waste—definition of waste

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Meaning of waste—definition of waste
  • Brexit impact
  • Court of Justice of European Union case law
  • Interpretation
  • Key terms
  • Discard
  • Deliberate discard
  • Accidental discard
  • Intention to discard
  • Requirement to discard
  • More...

'Waste' is defined in the Waste Framework Directive 2008 (rWFD) as any substance or object which the holder discards or intends or is required to discard.

See Practice Note: Meaning of waste—what is waste?

Brexit impact

11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. Any changes relevant to this content will be set out below. For further guidance, see Practice Note: Brexit—impact on environmental law and News Analysis: Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

Court of Justice of European Union case law

This Practice Note contains references to case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Broadly, EU judgments handed down on or before 31 December 2020 continue to be binding on UK courts and tribunals (even if the EU courts later depart from them) until the UK courts exercise their powers to diverge. For the most part, EU case law made after that date is not binding on the UK, although the UK courts and tribunals may continue to ‘have regard to’ EU judgments if relevant. For more detailed information on the treatment of

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