SEPA Guidance on Waste Regulation that Applies to Reuse Activities

Closed 17 Nov 2016

Opened 6 Oct 2016


Reuse is increasingly recognised as an important activity which can extend the life of products, reduce extraction of virgin resources, reduce environmental impacts of waste management, keep value in the economy, create employment and provide products for low income households. 

We are consulting on Draft Guidance on Waste Regulation that Applies to Reuse Activities. 

This guidance outlines a set of principles that can be applied to any reuse activity to help decide whether the items are waste or not. Examples of different types of reuse activities are given to help improve clarity, and consistency. 

Why your views matter

A stakeholder workshop in March 2015 identified that there is current lack of clarity about when and how waste legislation applies to reuse activities. 

The aim of the guidance is therefore to provide clarity on when waste regulation applies, and what to do if it does. 

What happens next

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us reach a decision on the content of the final guidance.


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