There is still time to register for our next FREE workshop on Waste Wood Classification Made Easy on September 14 following the success of the first workshop last month.

Over 50 delegates joined the first event on August 23rd to find out how operatives handling waste wood from demolition can save money and improve environmental outcomes for their customers.

The September 14th workshop next week will take place at 2.30pm at the RWM and Letsrecycle Live exhibition at Birmingham’s NEC and will be the first to be held face-to-face. It is being run in association with the the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) and UROC.

To register for your free place, click here.

At the session, participants will be given step-by-step instructions on how to collect samples of certain kinds of potentially hazardous waste wood and send them off for testing.

The workshops are being led by WRA Board member, Vicki Hughes, as part of the WRA’s Waste Wood Classification Project. The project aims to ensure the right waste wood ends up in the correct end market.

During the August 23 workshop, Vicki explained that a small proportion of ‘amber list’ waste wood from demolition activities including items from pre-2007 buildings such as structural timbers and tiling battens can be handled without a hazardous waste permit under a regulatory position in England known as RPS250.

But, when this expires in September 2023, she warned that operators may be forced to pay £200 a tonne to dispose of this material as hazardous and may need hazardous permits, unless tests are carried out now which could demonstrate this is not necessary.

Vicki said: “If we don’t start testing, the implications are going to be huge for the industry. This gives us the opportunity to provide some real data, get some hard evidence which will allow the regulator to make some informed decisions.”

So come along and see how easy it is to reduce your costs and make a positive contribution to the environment!

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