Understanding the New Regulatory Changes for Waste Wood in Construction and Demolition (RPS) 250

Posted on 29 August 2023

We’ve got some crucial news about changes in waste wood disposal regulations that could affect your next project. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with all the details, including what’s changing, how it impacts you, and what you can do to stay compliant (and avoid any nasty surprises!). So, grab a cup of coffee ☕ and let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of the new rules surrounding the disposal of amber waste wood. Trust us, this is information you’ll want to have in your back pocket!

The Evolution of Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250

In July 2021, the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250 was introduced, providing a framework for handling ‘amber’ waste wood—potentially hazardous materials—from the construction and demolition (C&D) waste stream. This allowed such waste wood to be treated as non-hazardous, facilitating easier disposal and recycling. However, starting September 1, the Environment Agency has announced that this leniency will be revoked. The implications of this change are significant, especially for waste wood items originating from buildings constructed before 2007.

The Environment Agency’s New Stance on Amber Waste Wood

The Environment Agency has confirmed that RPS 250 will be withdrawn. This means that specific items from buildings erected before 2007 will now be categorised as hazardous waste. Consequently, these items will no longer be eligible for standard wood recycling processes.

The Need for Specialised Hazardous Waste Disposal

With the withdrawal of RPS 250, certain waste wood items will require specialised hazardous waste disposal methods. The alternative is to subject these items to a straightforward test to confirm their non-hazardous nature. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in legal repercussions, making it crucial for construction and demolition companies to adapt their waste management strategies.

The Ten Items Affected by the Regulatory Change

The items impacted by this regulatory shift are specifically from buildings constructed before 2007. These are:

  1. Barge boards
  2. External fascia
  3. Soffit boards
  4. External joinery
  5. External doors
  6. Roof timber
  7. Tiling cladding
  8. Tiling battens
  9. Timber frames
  10. Timber joists

Implications for the Construction and Demolition Industry

The withdrawal of RPS 250 has far-reaching implications for the construction and demolition sector. Companies will need to reassess their waste management protocols, particularly concerning the disposal of amber waste wood. The reclassification of these items as hazardous waste will likely increase disposal costs and necessitate more stringent handling procedures.

How the New Rule Impacts Domestic Customers Using Skip Hire Services

For domestic customers who frequently rely on skip hire services for their home renovation or demolition projects, the withdrawal of RPS 250 brings about some important changes. Previously, you could dispose of waste wood from older buildings without worrying about its hazardous classification. However, the new regulations make it essential to be more cautious about what goes into your skip, especially if your project involves a building constructed before 2007.

 

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