The EA’s Definition of Waste (DoW) Service, which was temporarily closed in October, has re-opened for business. The voluntary pay-to-use service is the means by which businesses can seek the Environment Agency’s opinion on whether their waste derived material has stopped being waste, continues to be waste, or was never waste in the first place.
‘Non waste’ status for materials such as fertilisers, construction materials or fuels means that waste regulation relating to handling, transport, and use of the material no longer apply and so they can compete and replace other materials used for the same purposes.
The Resources from Waste team, which delivers the DoW Service, has also produced new guidance and a new form which replace the decommissioned IsItWaste tool.
Redwynn Sterry, lead for the DoW Service, said:
"This is an exciting time for Definition of Waste. I am confident that our new guidance, forms, and streamlined process will help deliver a more efficient and better customer experience."