Waste Wood From Construction & Demolition Sources

Aug 22, 2023 10:21:09 AM

Regulatory Changes effective from 1st Sept 2023

A. Background

1. Dunmow Group is writing to certain of its Construction & Demolition Customers to advise them of changes in the law relating to how certain waste wood arising from construction and demolition projects will be treated after 1st September 2023.

2. The Environment Agency (EA) issued a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS 250) back in September 2021 which allowed potentially hazardous waste wood and non-hazardous waste wood to be received at Waste Transfer Stations, processed together and sent mixed for recovery.

3. This did not alter your, or Dunmow’s obligation to identify, segregate and dispose of separately, any known Hazardous Waste wood items such as railway sleepers, telegraph poles and waste wood from hydraulic engineering (e.g. wood from jetties or docks).

4. Effective from 1st September 2023, RPS 250 will be withdrawn and different categories of waste wood normally arising from demolition and construction projects will automatically be deemed hazardous unless shown otherwise.

B. What Categories Of Waste Wood Are Potentially “hazardous” After 1st Sept 2023?

1. You have been identified as a Dunmow Customer who could potentially dispose of Hazardous Waste Wood because of the nature of your activities.

2. The EA have identified that any waste wood that originates from a demolition, refurbishment and/or construction project on a pre-2007 property (domestic or industrial) potentially could be hazardous.

3. This includes any of the following items:

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    Barge Boards

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    External joinery

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    External Doors

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    Roof Timbers

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    Tiling & Cladding

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    Timber frames 

C. What You Must Do Post 1st Sept 2023 To Comply With The New Potentially Hazardous Waste Wood Regulations 

1. There is a high risk that your business activities could result in you coming across potentially hazardous waste wood and your staff seeking to dispose of this in the skips/containers Dunmow supplies to you.

2. If Dunmow receives waste wood that our tests show is hazardous, then we will charge you for the costs of testing your waste wood plus the full rate of disposal of any items of hazardous waste wood we recover from your load(s).

3. You can avoid this risk by confirming in writing to us at the point of ordering your skip/container that your construction & demolition project is taking place on a building that post-dates 2007. Please note that we reserve the right to test any waste wood we receive from you even in relation to a project that you declare as being on a post-2007 building and to recover the costs referred to in para C2 above.

4. You can also avoid this risk by carrying out your own tests on any waste wood recovered from your construction or demolition project on any pre-2007 building and by providing us with a copy of the negative test results as part of your Environmental Reporting Duty of Care paperwork to accompany each such load. Where a project is taking place on more than one building, we will require testing on each building being demolished or refurbished as part of your project.

5. Dunmow can help you identify and agree terms (pricing and turn-around times) with any accredited laboratories for the pre-collection testing of any potentially hazardous waste wood arising from any of your construction & demolition projects. 6. In the unlikely case of your waste wood load being classified as Hazardous as a result of any pre-collection testing result, Dunmow will offer competitive disposal prices and issue all relevant hazardous waste consignment documentation in relation to such waste wood.

Please find attached Dunmow’s Waste Wood Incoming Specification to assist you in determining what types of waste wood are acceptable for recycling and/or recovery.

Dunmow Group wishes to continue to provide you with a first-rate service and cost-effective solution for your Construction & Demolition waste.
However, Dunmow prides itself on being a fully compliant and sustainable option for your waste disposal needs.

This note demonstrates that we are taking all steps necessary to ensure that you and we dispose of your waste in a manner that is sustainable and complies with all current regulations. Please contact sales@dunmowgroup.com if you have any queries relating to this note.

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