Waste Classification

List of waste and determining if waste is hazardous or non-hazardous

Correct classification is the foundation for ensuring that the collection, transportation, storage and treatment of waste is carried out in a manner that provides protection for the environment and human health and in compliance with legal requirements.

The waste classification system applies across the EU and is the basis for all national and international waste reporting obligations.

From 1 June 2015, waste classification is based on:

  • Commission Decision of 18 December 2014, amending Decision 2000/532/EC on the list of waste pursuant to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European parliament and of the Council (2014/955/EEC) [referred to hereafter as ‘The List of Waste (LoW)’].
  • Commission Regulation (EU) No 1357/2014 of 18 December 2014, replacing Annex III to Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on waste and repealing certain Directives.

This document consolidates the legislation and allows the generators of waste to classify the waste as hazardous or non-hazardous and in the process assigning the correct List of Waste entry.

This document replaces:

  • The 2002 European Waste Catalogue and the Hazardous Waste List
  • Hazardous Waste Classification Tool
  • Hazardous Waste Classification Worksheet.

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