The Agency's database, developed in 1996, records the type, amount, origin and destination of every load of special waste in England and Wales. It is compiled using information on the consignment notes it receives from industry.
The information now being published on the CD-ROM excludes the identities of individual consignors on the grounds of commercial confidentiality. Users can extract data on the amount of special waste produced or deposited at the local authority or regional levels - broken down using the standard European waste catalogue serial numbers.
The database is likely to be of particular value to those in the waste industry who need to plan investments in disposal and treatment capacity for industrial wastes.
Local authorities will also be interested to see how much material is entering or leaving their patch - although some will be disappointed that the Agency is charging for access to the information.