End-of-waste review: Why waste recyclers could be in for significant cost increases

Firms who turn waste into new products could be in line for significant extra costs as a result of the Environment Agency’s review of end-of-waste criteria. Conor McGlone investigates

The end-of-waste quality protocols establish criteria for when waste, including glass, compost and aggregates, cease to be waste and can instead be used as products in their own right. Crucially for waste processors, when classified this way the materials are no longer subject to waste regulation.

The protocols are essential if you aim to create a circular economy, notes environmental lawyer Paul Sheridan, partner at CMS. Since many of the protocols were put in place in 2004, “the importance of the circular economy has grown considerably,” he said.

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