Allium Environmental offers on-site surveying and UKAS accredited laboratory testing of potentially hazardous wood waste removed from demolition and refurbishment activities in order to comply with the Environment Agency’s RPS250.

The RPS (regulatory position statement), which went into force on the 1st September 2023, requires that any waste wood has been correctly identified, segregated and consigned as hazardous where applicable. Once correctly classified, any hazardous wood must be removed in accordance with the Environment Agencies recommendations.

What kind of wood is classed as hazardous?

Waste wood from demolition or refurbishment of buildings built before 2007 will be classified as hazardous waste, unless tested to prove otherwise.

A small number of items from pre-2007 buildings will automatically be classified as hazardous and will not be able to be sent to wood recyclers. Instead, they will require specialist hazardous waste disposal, unless they are sent for a simple test to demonstrate that they are not. Allium can provide you with a report to tell you if they are hazardous. These items consist of the following:

  • Barge boards
  • External fascia
  • Soffit boards
  • External joinery
  • External doors
  • Roof timber
  • Tiling cladding
  • Tiling battens
  • Timber frames
  • Timber joists

What are the benefits of testing as opposed to instantly declaring them as hazardous?

Your business will pay more to have hazardous wood waste disposed of than it would have to pay for safe, tested wood. The onus on correct classification is at the waste source, so you could be liable to fines if you incorrectly send hazardous wood to a waste transfer station. Keeping our environment clean and free of hazardous chemicals is paramount to the Environment Agency’s proposal to prevent contaminated wood entering back into the environment.

What is the process for testing hazardous wood?

  • 1. Sampling – Allium will survey and take samples of potentially hazardous wood and test it within UKAS accredited laboratories throughout the country.
  • 2. Classification – Allium will provide you with a full report on our laboratory findings and will clearly mark the samples as hazardous or non-hazardous and provide you with the appropriate waste code.
  • 3. Consultancy & Advice – Allium will recommend accredited removal contractors and waste transfer stations if any hazardous wood is found.

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