Waste legislation

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Waste legislation dictates the way waste should be managed and disposed of by some form of waste management. It ranges from international and regional agreements, to national laws, to state/ provincial and local laws.


EU waste legislation[edit]

UK Guidance[edit]

Best Available Treatment (BAT) BATRRT (Guidance on Best Available Treatment, Recovery and Recycling)

UK waste legislation[edit]

UK waste legislation is derived predominantly from EU governance and transposed into UK law via Statutory Instruments.

UK regulatory bodies[edit]

UK waste management facilities register for one or some of 28 standard permits, may opt for an exemption from licensing or complete a bespoke permit. Persons or organisations wishing to transport waste (other than their own) must purhchase a waste carrier license. Producers of hazardous wastes are required (where they produce in excess of 500 kilograms per annum) to register as a hazardous waste producer.

US legislation[edit]

US regulatory bodies[edit]

US state laws[edit]

In addition to laws implementing or advancing portions of the US laws some US states have enacted laws on other waste and environmental subjects.

  • California Proposition 65 "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986" - a 1986 California initiative prohibiting the discharge of toxic substances into drinking water sources
  • Electronic Waste Recycling Act - a 2003 California law regarding disposal of consumer electronic wastes

See also[edit]


All Waste Matters - Waste Carrier Guidelines