Control of Pollution (Special Wastes) Regulations

Applies to EnglandApplies to Wales

Title: Control of Pollution (Special Wastes) Regulations

Category: England and Wales Regulations

Date: 1980

Reference: SI 1980/1709 [Full text not available]

General Description:

Note: These regulations have been revoked.

These regulations were introduced in response to the EC Directive on toxic and dangerous waste (78/319/EEC). They have since been replaced by the Special Waste Regulations, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Special waste is defined as any controlled waste which is considered a danger to life and this is defined as any substance that causes death or serious tissue damage if a 5ml sample is ingested by a 20 kg child; or has a flash point of less than 21 degrees centigrade; or is a medicinal product; or is given in the list below:

Acids and Alkalis, Antimony and its compounds, Arsenic compounds, Asbestos (all forms), Barium compounds, Beryllium and its compounds, Biocides and phytopharmaceutical substances, Boron compounds, Cadmium and its compounds, Copper compounds, Heterocyclic organic compounds containing oxygen, nitrogen or sulphur, Hexavalent Chromium compounds, Hydrocarbons and their Oxygen, Nitrogen and Sulphur compounds, Inorganic cyanides, Inorganic halogen-containing compounds, Inorganic sulphur-containing compounds, Laboratory compounds, Lead compounds, Mercury compounds, Nickel and its compounds, Organic halogen compounds, excluding inert polymeric materials, Peroxides, chlorates, perchlorates and azides, Pharmaceutical and veterinary compounds, Selenium and its compounds, Silver compounds, Tarry materials from refining and tar residues from distilling, Tellurium and its compounds, Thallium and its compounds, Vanadium compounds, and Zinc compounds.

These regulations define a notification procedure for special wastes. If the waste is polluting, but not threatening to human life then it is not covered in this legislation. The object of this order was to control the movement of wastes from 'cradle to grave', as the Control of Pollution Act 1974 provided controls regarding the deposit of such material.

Breach of these regulations can result in fines of 1000 and imprisonment for up to 2 years.

Pertinence to Agriculture: Agricultural Pollution, Waste, Waste Management

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