- End of Waste applications
- ISO17025 UKAS laboratory audits
The core issue at stake is of fundamental importance with massive industrial and commercial impact for the new Circular Economy Directive – what are the legal criteria that have to be met in order to process a waste stream into a non-waste secondary product or raw material? This is known as End of Waste (EoW).
Upon the answer to this question hangs the commercial feasibility of sustainable collection and recycling of hazardous waste in the UK. It is fundamental to investment in the waste industry.
The key pillars of EoW are that wastes must be recycled or reused in some way, so that valuable natural resources are conserved and without adversely impacting on the environment and human health.
Therefore, EoW is achievable where you have:
- a true recovery operation which reclaims a distinct substance.
- that substance can and will be used without further processing in the same way as a non-waste material, and
- that substance can and will be used under the same conditions of environmental protection as the non-waste material with which it is otherwise comparable, without any greater danger of harm to human health or the environment.
We are able to prepare an EoW application to the regulator in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland to achieve EoW product status for a recovered substance.
Thereafter, we are able to identify the most appropriate strategy for compliance with REACH and if any EoW tests are subject to ISO17025 UKAS accredited laboratory procedures, we are able to implement those procedures and carry out audits.
Vincent Brown has made his name in the highly specialist area of the commercialisation of industrial and commercial wastes, residues, and by-products, and has been at the forefront of the development of the law. As an acknowledged expert in EU and UK law on the definition of ‘waste’, and having lead the landmark UK litigation in the Court of Appeal on the industrial application of the EU doctrine of ‘end of waste’, Vincent is a true specialist in the law governing the de-classification of wastes, residues and by-products. It is such de-classification that, across a range of sectors, allows operators to transform such wastes, residues and by-products from liabilities into profitable commercial commodities.
Principal, Vincent Brown Associates
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