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Legal definition of waste

How to decide if a material is waste or not – advice for organisations such as businesses, local authorities and charities.

The general guide explains how to work out if waste rules apply to your material. You will need to:

  • decide if your material is waste
  • identify when waste rules apply
  • find out when waste ceases to be waste
  • find out when waste rules do not apply.

The full document is in 3 parts, they are:

  • part 1 – sets out the background and rationale for providing guidance on end of waste
  • part 2 – a practical guide for businesses and other organisations
  • part 3 – detailed guidance on the legal definition of waste and its application.
Visit the UK Government website (external link) for more information.