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Local Authority approaches to dealing with household hazardous waste - WR1115

The intention of the Hazardous Waste Regulations 2005 is that where hazardous waste fractions are separated from the mixed household waste stream by the householder for separate collection by the Local Authority or for delivery to a Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), they must be managed as hazardous waste and kept separate from the mixed municipal waste stream. However, not all local authorities have interpreted the Regulations in this way. Defra is therefore proposing to amend the Regulations from April 2009 to further clarify that separate fractions of hazardous domestic waste are subject to the requirements of the Hazardous Waste Regulations must not be mixed back into the mixed municipal waste stream. As a result all Local Authorities will need to ensure that they have effective systems in place for managing this waste. Some Local Authorities already have systems in place (probably at district council or Waste Collection Authority level) and it is possible that these could be used as role models for others. This project will not cover arrangements at HWRC sites, as good practice examples for these are already covered in the National Household Hazardous Waste Forum’s Haz Guide. This guide also includes an example relevant to this project, which is the Corporation of London’s household hazardous waste collection service.
• To review successful household hazardous waste kerbside collection schemes in order to produce a guidance document, suitable for use by Local Authorities, to share the experiences of these successful schemes and help the LAs design and implement schemes suitable for their own area.

• Draw up detailed case studies of 6 Local Authorities (LAs) who are dealing well with household hazardous waste.

• Evaluate and compare these individual schemes and assess how widely they could be rolled out to other Local Authorities.

• Draw up criteria to assess which approaches may be best suited to an individual LA’s circumstances/profile.

• Produce a guidance document suitable for use by Local Authorities in establishing schemes for managing this waste.
Project Documents
• Final Report : WR1115: Local Authority Approaches to Dealing with Household Hazardous Waste   (97k)
• Other : WR1115 Guidance on the Kerbside Collection of Household Hazardous Waste   (637k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2009

Cost: £29,845
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Enviros Ltd
Environmental Protection              
Hazardous substances              
Hazardous Waste              
Waste collection and handling systems              
Waste Management              
Fields of Study
Waste Management