Waste is increasingly seen as a valuable resource that can be used to our advantage. If used creatively it will have far reaching environmental impact on organizations, society and the economy. Waste management is the implementation of a framework for waste control, prevention and minimization by organizations and individuals.
Standards in waste management:
- Ensure the protection of public health and the environment
- Establish credible and safe approaches to the collection, transport, processing or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste materials
- Encourage better resource management (through waste prevention, recycling and reuse practices, material recovery, etc.)
- Help organizations realize cost savings and implement process efficiencies
Standards within waste management can be divided into three main categories: waste characterization; waste management processes; and recycling, reuse and recoverability.
Waste characterization standards cover chemical characteristics of waste, its effect on the environment, health protection and safety. They also deal with installations related to waste, its disposal and treatment, physical and chemical analysis, piping systems and solid wastes. Standards in this area further deal with chemical analysis to determine content, testing, properties of waste, waste handling, leaching, chemical reagents used in testing and approval testing.
Standards in this area provide consistent testing methods, clear requirements and guidance for the disposal and secondary use of waste (e.g. sludges) in accordance with health and safety legislation. They sometimes serve to encourage reuse and repurposing of waste.
Links to standards on Waste Characterization
All the standards in this area deal with chemical analysis to determine content, testing, properties of waste, waste handling, leaching, chemical reagents used in testing and approval testing (see all standards in page 1 of this search).
PD CEN/TS 15864
Characterization of waste. Leaching behaviour test for basic characterization. Dynamic monolithic leaching test with continuous leachant renewal under conditions relevant for specified scenario(s).
Waste Management Processes
Standards in this area help organizations establish and implement sound waste management practices around the collection, transport, processing or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste materials, thus helping to reduce the amount of waste produced, and reducing the waste ending up in landfills.
Standards in this area help reduce the effect of waste on health, the environment or aesthetics. They encourage the increased reuse and recycling of waste by providing a framework within which good practice in waste management can be demonstrated by waste management organizations and specified by clients (e.g. government and local authorities). Learning how to manage waste effectively could improve organizations’ profit margins and give companies’ environmental credentials a boost.
Links to standards related to Waste Management Processes
Waste resource management. Specification for performance reporting.
BS ISO 16075 parts 1, 2 & 3
Guidelines for treated wastewater use for irrigation projects.
Links to other related materials and standards in development
BS EN ISO 14001
Environmental management systems. Requirements with guidance for use.
Waste management in buildings.
BS ISO 16304
Ships and marine technology. Marine environment protection. Arrangement and management of port waste reception facilities.
BS EN 14654-2
Management and control of operational activities in drain and sewer systems outside buildings Rehabilitation.
Environment management report. Focus on Waste Management.
Recycling, Reuse and Recoverability
Standards in this area focus on the selective extraction of disposed materials for a specific next use, such as recycling, composting or energy generation. The ultimate goal of standards for recycling and reuse, collectively known as resource recovery, is to reduce the consumption of virgin natural resources, extract the maximum benefits and use from products, and generate the minimum amount of waste material.
Standards foster waste prevention and minimization by establishing common rules and processes for recycling and reuse, and encourage the creation of markets in recycled materials. This category includes standards for recycled plastics, processing waste wood, recycled tyres and packaging material recycling.
Links to standards related to Recycling, Reuse and Recoverability
BS EN 13429
BS EN 13427
Packaging. Requirements for the use of European Standards in the field of packaging and packaging waste.
BS EN 13430
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling.
BS EN 13431
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum inferior calorific value.
BS EN 13432
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation. Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging.
Links to other related materials and standards in development
BS EN 50625-1
Collection, logistics & treatment requirements for WEEE. General treatment requirements.
BS EN 50614
Requirements for the preparation for re-use of waste electrical and electronic equipment. This is in development. Contact us to find out more.
BS EN 50574
Collection, logistics & treatment requirements for end-of-life household appliances containing volatile fluorocarbons or volatile hydrocarbons.
Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organizations – Guide. This is in development. Contact us to find out more.
Reuse of used and waste electrical and electronic equipment (UEEE and WEEE). Process management. Specification.
Specification for the requirements and test methods for processing waste wood.
PD CEN/TR 14520
Packaging. Reuse. Methods for assessing the performance of a reuse system.
Specification for subsoil and requirements for use.
Specification for topsoil and requirements for use.
WRAP commissioned work on PAS 108: Tyres bales for use in construction; PAS 100: Compost and PAS 110: Quality anaerobic digestate.