Waste types and controls—controlled waste
Waste types and controls—controlled waste

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

  • Waste types and controls—controlled waste
  • Brexit impact
  • Key provisions dealing with controlled waste
  • Definition of controlled waste
  • Exclusions from the definition of controlled waste

Controlled waste is subject to legislative control. It is defined in Part II to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), see Definition of controlled waste below.

This Practice Note covers the meaning of controlled waste in England and Wales only.

Brexit impact

As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this content.

For further guidance, see: Brexit—impact on environmental law and Brexit Bulletin—key updates, research tips and resources.

For details on Brexit related regulations relevant to the environment, see: Environment legislation tracker 2019 and Environment legislation tracker 2018.

Key provisions dealing with controlled waste

The table below sets out key provisions dealing with controlled waste in England and Wales.

Details Key provisions Related content
The prohibition on unauthorised or harmful depositing, treatment or disposal of controlled waste. EPA 1990, s 33 Practice Note: Unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste
The waste duty