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September 2023: Changes in Hazardous Wood Waste Regulations

As of 1st of September 2023, here at SCS Waste, we’ll no longer be accepting hazardous wood. 

Whether part of skip hire, waste management, recycling or grab hire, we cannot accept wood that is classified as hazardous. This is predominantly found in structures created before 2007 but also in wood that is classified as Grade D.

This is in light of the Environment Agency withdrawing the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250, which allowed a certain amount of time to still accept this waste type. This key publication is no longer in force, meaning that any waste that fits the category of hazardous wood or timber can no longer be accepted. It is the responsibility of the waste producer to ensure that hazardous wood is not tipped at our site or included in our skips and bins.

We are still able to accept regular, non-hazardous wood waste as part of our services, but you must ensure that none of your waste is classified as hazardous wood.


Which wood items are hazardous?

To help better explain which wood types can be classified as hazardous, here are some common items that we can no longer accept from both commercial and residential customers:

  • Telegraph poles
  • CCA-treated wood (creosote)
  • Railway sleepers
  • Waste wood from hydraulic
  • Engineering wood
  • Wood from boats, ships and docks
  • Trailer beds

The following are some common items from pre-2007 construction that are potentially hazardous:

  • Tiling, cladding and battens
  • Barge boards, fascias and soffits
  • External joinery
  • Timber frames and joists
  • External doors
  • Roof timbers 

If you’re in doubt about whether your wood waste is potentially hazardous, don’t hesitate to call our team at SCS Waste for further advice. As experts in skip hire and waste management for Arundel, Littlehampton, Bognor Regis and the surrounding areas, we’re here to help you.