Classification & Assessment of Waste

Classification & Assessment of Waste

John Lord: Setting an Example for the Resin Flooring Industry

Waste. Something we all produce daily.

The resin flooring industry can’t hide from the fact that it produces hazardous waste.

In 2015 the regulations changed, which means John Lord can no longer dispose of packaging waste in the same way.

John Lord are now leading the way in the flooring industry by immediately implementing the changes to the new legislation on every project.


2015 Environment Agency Guidance on Waste Management

Each project containing hazardous products and contaminated packaging has a new waste management procedure, which is in line with the latest Environment Agency Technical Guidance (WM3).

Our positive attitude towards the new changes now ensures that any hazardous residue left in packaging, no matter how small, is disposed of correctly.

What’s involved for John Lord?

  • The separation all variations of hazardous waste on site.
  • The use of specially marked waste bags to clearly identify the hazardous waste and prevent cross contamination, which is then ready for collection by John Lord’s dedicated partner specialist waste management company.
  • John Lord have trained all of their operatives in identifying, segregating and disposing of hazardous waste correctly on site.


How Does This Affect You?

Firstly, it means you will have the upmost confidence in John Lord to comply with the new guidance when working on projects within your premises as of now. Competitors of John Lord may not be, and therefore pose a risk to your business and the environment.

Secondly, there will be a surcharge within our quotations, which simply covers the cost of disposing all the hazardous waste relating to your specific project.

And finally, the transparent pricing system clearly identifies the additional surcharge cost, which John Lord do not profit from.


Technical Information

The Changes to the Regulations & Guidance

Chapter 15 of the List of Wales (England) Regulations 2005 (LoW)

In September 2015, changes to the Environment Agency Technical Guidance (WM3) came into force, which now means all ‘chemically contaminated packaging’ is classified as hazardous waste.

The following codes for waste packaging are now in force:

  • 15 01 01 paper and cardboard packaging
  • 15 01 02 plastic packaging
  • 15 01 03 wooden packaging
  • 15 01 04 metallic packaging
  • 15 01 05 composite packaging
  • 15 01 06 mixed packaging
  • 15 01 07 glass packaging
  • 15 01 09 textile packaging
  • 15 01 10* packaging containing residues of or contaminated by hazardous substances
  • 15 01 11* metallic packaging containing a hazardous solid porous matrix (for example asbestos), including empty pressure containers

Any empty packaging containing residues of, or contaminated by, hazardous substances that display hazardous properties are classified as 15 01 10*. This is an ‘absolute hazardous’ entry. If a waste is classified as an ‘absolute hazardous’ entry, further assessment and modifications cannot change the classification.

Previously, packaging containing residues of, or contaminated by, dangerous substances LoW 15 01 10*, and metallic packaging containing a dangerous solid porous matrix (for example asbestos), including empty pressure containers 15 01 11*; were subject to hazard property threshold limits related to the chemical contaminant within.

In other words, if the packaging was ‘Fundamentally Empty’ it would not be classed as hazardous waste. These have now been reclassified as Absolute Hazardous (AH) regardless of the amount of residue remaining in the packaging.

The Hazardous Waste regulations 2005 prohibit the mixing of hazardous waste with non-hazardous waste. The regulations also prohibit the mixing of different categories of hazardous wastes.

*indicates hazardous waste classification


Current Protocol at John Lord

Any John Lord packaging displaying any of the hazard pictograms must be classified as hazardous waste under the following code: 15 01 10* - packaging containing residues of, or contaminated by, dangerous substances.

Such packaging must now be disposed of separate to all other hazardous and non-hazardous wastes (mixing is not permitted).

It is not permissible to mix different types of hazardous waste packaging, and it is not permissible to mix hazardous waste packaging with the hazardous product itself when disposing as waste.

Separate waste containers are required for each individual hazardous waste and hazardous waste packaging.

*indicates hazardous waste classification



If you have any questions about the information on this page concerning hazardous waste, please contact the Technical Sales Team; 0161 764 4617 or Email Us.

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