Amber Waste Wood; RPS291 & RPS250 Explained

The effects of the withdrawal of RPS250 by the Environment Agency (EA) have been temporarily amended by the introduction of RPS291, as of 2 November 2023.

These amber items of waste wood can now be mixed with non-hazardous waste wood and treated as non-hazardous.

The EA will withdraw this RPS by 1 October 2024. However, this will depend on progress made by WRA researchers, and the EA reserves the right to withdraw earlier by 1 May 2024.

Please click here to view the RPS291 publication.

If you require any assistance or support in relation to the EA’s new rules, please contact our team. You can speak to your dedicated account manager or reach out to our customer services team on 0161 790 3737.






ARCHIVED: Published 1st September 2023

The communication below was published on 1st September 2023 but has been archived due to legislative changes made by the Environment Agency.


The Environment Agency’s withdrawal of Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250 has taken effect from 1st September 2023.

Kenny Waste Management offer convenient and cost-effective solutions under new legislation.


What does this mean?

There are Environment Agency restrictions in place relating to all Potentially Hazardous Demolition Waste Wood from pre-2007 buildings.

The following items from pre-2007 buildings are now automatically classified as hazardous waste wood under EWC code 17 02 04* unless proven otherwise by a test:

  • Barge Boards

  • External Fascias

  • Soffit Boards

  • External Joinery (Wooden Windows & Conservatories)

  • External Doors

  • Roof Timbers

  • Tiling Cladding

  • Tiling Battens

  • Timber Frames

  • Timber Joists

Under the new rules, these items must be tested in advance by you, the waste producer, and proven to be non-hazardous OR they must be consigned off-site as a hazardous waste. Either way, it is your duty to inform us as your waste management contractor which of the above will apply to the items you place in our skip, wheelie bin, or other waste container.

If you are unsure whether your organisation produces these waste items, you can read the FAQs on Demolition Waste Wood for RPS250 Removal as answered directly by the Wood Recyclers Association.


What are my responsibilities?

As the waste producer, it is your responsibility to correctly identify and classify your waste wood at the source, prior to placing it in a skip.

Legally, Kenny Waste Management must now identify, handle, process, and dispose of the 10 items listed above (from pre-2007 buildings) as hazardous waste, unless they have been tested and proved non-hazardous. At our own Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs), these untested items will be charged as non-compliant hazardous waste wood based on the associated costs of handling the waste and sending it to a hazardous wood waste incinerator. Rates will vary by region throughout the UK at third party facilities.

We urge all our customers to engage with and champion the wood waste classification testing and sample collection process. Please click here to use this guide, provided by the Wood Recyclers Association, to assist you in identifying your waste wood for consignment or testing.

Kenny Waste Management fully embrace the best environmental practices and we can help you remain compliant with all the latest legislation. In every case, you can continue to expect a best-in-class service at competitive rates throughout the UK.

In order to comply with the requirements set out by the Environment Agency, we are able to provide a range of sizes of dedicated Hazardous Waste Wood skips, bins, and containers for you or other solution to best suit your business or project requirements.

Please speak to your dedicated account manager or our customer services team to learn more about the solutions available to you. We are happy to help.


Why are these rules in place?

Following more than half a decade of close working collaboration between the EA, top researchers, and UK wood recyclers, the new legislation is intended to better serve the environment and communities we are a part of.

The items listed above from pre-2007 buildings now join other Grade D wood waste items, segregated and consigned under EWC code 17 02 04*, 19 12 06* or 20 01 37*, which include: telegraph poles; CCA treated wood; creosote treated wood; railway sleepers; waste wood from hydraulics; wood from engineering (e.g. docks); wood from boats or ships; trailer beds.

Legally, these must be kept separate from other wood waste ensuring that recycled wood products, such as pet bedding, are high quality and hazard-free.

Kenny Waste Management will always work to deliver solutions offering both environmental and commercial benefits to all our clients.

If your organisation produces any of these regulated waste items, you can contact your dedicated account manager or our customer service team directly by calling:

📞 0161 790 3737


Please note that all non-compliant items placed in any skip, bin, or other container will incur additional charges due to significant further reprocessing costs.


We would like to thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Kenny Waste Management