24/7 Emergency Spill Response Tel: 01 401 8000 EWC Search

Preface

In 1994, the first European Waste Catalogue1 and hazardous waste list2 were published as two separate documents. The lists were used by the Environmental Protection Agency for the compilation of waste data from 1995 and were adopted into Irish legislation by the Waste Management Act, 1996. In 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency published a single list which incorporated both the European Waste Catalogue and the hazardous waste list3.

The European Waste Catalogue and hazardous waste list are used for the classification of all wastes and hazardous wastes and are designed to form a consistent waste classification system across the EU. They form the basis for all national and international waste reporting obligations, such as those associated with waste licences and permits, the National Waste Database and the transport of waste.

In 2000, a replacement waste list and hazardous waste list4 was introduced, which comes in to force on 1 January 2002. This replacement waste list has been amended three times5, 6, 7. Hence, four documents are required in order to have the complete list. The documents are not always easy to obtain and following the
sequence of the amendments can be difficult.

This document represents a consolidated version of all four documents. This consolidated document is designed to ease the task of classifying waste and hazardous waste and understanding the legislation associated with the classification of waste and hazardous waste. It may be used in classifying all wastes and hazardous wastes. Much of the introductory text is reproduced in full from the legislation, with the addition in places of explanatory notes. The source of reproduced text is clearly indicated in each case. Future amendments to the legislation will be incorporated into future editions of this document.

This document does not purport to be and should not be considered a legal interpretation of the EU and Irish legislation on which it is based. Any queries of this nature should in the first instance be addressed to the parent legislation.

Comments on this document are welcome. The User Comment Form provided at the end of the document may be used.

1 Commission Decision 94/3/EC establishing a list of wastes pursuant to Article 1(a) of Council Directive 75/442/EC on waste.
2 Council Decision 94/904/EC establishing a list of hazardous waste pursuant to Article 1(4) of Council Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste.
3 Waste Catalogue and Hazardous Waste List, EPA, 1996.
4 Commission Decision 2000/532/EC of 3 May 2000 replacing Decision 94/3/EC establishing a list of wastes pursuant to Article 1(a) of Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste and Council Decision 94/904/EC establishing a list of hazardous waste pursuant to Article 1(4) of Council Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste.
5 Commission Decision 2001/118/EC amending Decision 2000/532/EC as regards the list of wastes.
6 Commission Decision 2001/119/EC amending Decision 2000/532/EC replacing Decision 94/3/EC establishing a list of wastes pursuant to Article 1(a) of Council Directive 75/442/EEC on waste and Council Decision 94/904/EC establishing a list of hazardous waste pursuant to Article 1(4) of Council Directive 91/689/EEC on hazardous waste.
7 Council Decision 2001/573/EC amending Commission Decision 2000/532/EC as regards the list of wastes.


Request a Quote

Contact our team today!


24/7 Emergency Response Services

Tel: 01 401 8000


Your Saved EWC Codes

Codes are displayed at the bottom of the page when selected.

Return to EWC Search

Get in Touch

Contact Us

If you have a query about any of our products or services.