European Waste Classifications
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations may also need to be applied when handling or disposing of materials that are listed in the European Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) regulations. These substances are categorised according to how dangerous they are. They can be either, very toxic, toxic, harmful, corrosive or irritant.
CLP regulations and the re-classification of wastes
CLP is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and over the next few years will be introducing new symbols for labelling hazardous waste. Details of these new symbols and what might constitute a hazardous waste can be found at the HSE’s site
Electrical and electronic waste is now considered, by law, to be hazardous and is controlled by The Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations 2013.
With more stringent rules and regulations on waste disposal it is vital to ensure that your hazardous waste is handled correctly.
Suppliers of chemicals may provide a safety data sheet. Whilst this does not necessarily mean that your chemical waste is classified as hazardous, the supply of one of these safety data sheets would make it highly likely that your chemical waste disposal would need to be handled by a licensed waste management company.