EWC Codes

In the last article, we started to look at EWC codes, and we saw the different chapter headings available to pick from, this time we are going to complete the LoW code and look at an example.  As always our aim at  Rubo is to promote the safe and responsible management of waste, so be sure to visit our web-page www.rubowaste.co.uk for regular information updates.

Picking up from where we left off in the previous article:

Step 2: Pick the correct description - each chapter is broken down into further sections with descriptions. For example, Chapter 08 - wastes from the manufacture, formulation, supply and use (mfsu) of coatings (paints, varnishes and vitreous enamels), adhesives, sealants and printing inks is broken down into:

08 01 wastes from MFSU and removal of paint and varnish

08 02 wastes from MFSU of other coatings (including ceramic materials)

08 03 wastes from MFSU of printing inks

08 05 wastes not otherwise specified in 08

As you can see, if we now select a suitable description, we can generate the next two digits of our EWC code.

Step 3: Pick the specific description: Each of the sections is then broken down into specific descriptions. For example  ‘08 01 wastes from MFSU and removal of paint and varnish’ is split into:

08 01 11* waste paint and varnish containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

08 01 12 waste paint and varnish other than those mentioned in 08 01 11

08 01 13* sludges from paint or varnish containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

08 01 14 sludges from paint or varnish other than those mentioned in 08 01 13

08 01 15* aqueous sludges containing paint or varnish containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

08 01 16 aqueous sludges containing paint or varnish other than those mentioned in 08 01 15

08 01 17* wastes from paint or varnish removal containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

08 01 18 wastes from paint or varnish removal other than those mentioned in 08 01 17

08 01 19* aqueous suspensions containing paint or varnish containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

08 01 20 aqueous suspensions containing paint or varnish other than those mentioned in 08 01 19

08 01 21* waste paint or varnish remover AH 08 01 99 wastes not otherwise specified

As you can see if we pick the specific description for the waste, we can generate the 6 digits EWC code, with only having to look at 21 descriptions, not all of the nearly 1000 codes on the list. The key thing to note is the EWC codes ending in * are hazardous waste.

As an example, if you have some waste solvent-based paint you need to dispose of, and don’t know the EWC code, you would look at the chapter headings and select:

08 wastes from the manufacture, formulation, supply and use (mfsu) of coatings (paints, varnishes and vitreous enamels), adhesives, sealants and printing inks

Then you would check the descriptions in chapter 8, and as the waste is paint, would choose:

08 01 wastes from MFSU and removal of paint and varnish

Finally, we would look at the specific descriptions in the 08 01 section and  as the paint is solvent based we can select:

08 01 11* waste paint and varnish containing organic solvents or other hazardous substances

So this is a simple example of how EWC codes can be selected, however in some more complex cases they can be much more difficult to select, and sometimes they can be multiple possible options to chose from. It is important to remember that under the Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/waste-duty-of-care-code-of-practice it is a legal requirement to select the most accurate EWC code. We will talk more about the Duty of Care in a future article, but if you need any assistance please feel free to get in touch.

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