21 December 2018

Hazardous waste wood testing – an update

Clarification has emerged about work taking place to aid the classification of waste wood as either hazardous or non-hazardous from construction and demolition sites.

Details were published on Monday of an ongoing project to test waste wood from the construction sector for any hazardous content.

Early work has suggested that some treated wood arising from the demolition of buildings built before 2008 could be hazardous. The testing will aim to establish where this is the case.

The project, which is being run by the Wood Recyclers Association with support from the Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Forum of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, will form part of work being carried out by the Environment Agency on the classification of hazardous waste wood.

The C&D Waste Forum has been working with the Environment Agency, the Wood Recyclers Association, the Wood Protection Association and waste management companies to see how changes in classification on hazardous waste wood could impact the sector.

For an updated version of the story published on Monday – please click here.


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