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Waste Stream (Jargon Buster) G#1276 N#1269

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Waste Stream (Jargon Buster)

Waste Stream (Jargon Buster)


  • The Waste Stream is those items defined as being within the legal waste hierarchy in the UK.
  • This is in the process of changing from the waste hierarchy included within the England and Wales Waste Strategy (Defra, 2007) which are:
    • reuse, recycle, compost, energy recovery and waste disposal
  • to the new hierarchy as set out by the EU Waste Framework Directive (2008) as:
    • preparing for reuse, recycling, other recovery (e.g. energy recovery) and disposal.
  • There are two main differences:
  • Firstly, the replacement of ‘reuse’ with ‘preparing for reuse’.
  • This means that reclamation remains in the waste stream whereas removing items for reuse is not.
  • As a result reclamation/salvage still requires careful compliance with Environment Agency legislation, and on-site reclamation is not legislated in the same manner as transporting and storage of items for reuse.
  • So, removing of items for reuse (e.g. taking away a surplus pile of bricks from a construction sites or a sofa) may be exempt from legislation (See: waste carriers and waste brokerage licenses).
  • Secondly, composting is no longer classified with recycling but under recovery (lower down the hierarchy).
  • It is likely that downcycling (recycling processes that downgrade items into lower value materials, such as chipping of timber for compost or crushing of concrete/brick/other inert items to become aggregate) may not in the future be classified as recycling but under recovery.

(BioRegional JE ’11)

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22nd November 2013 – 4th January 2017

Waste Stream (Jargon Buster)

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
22nd November 2013 – 4th January 2017

Waste Stream (Jargon Buster)
See Also:


Initials Abbreviations Acronyms

  • ½W2L
  • BRE
  • BREW
  • C2C
  • C2CN
  • Carpet Recycling
  • CRWP
  • EA
  • FSP
  • HWTL
  • NISP
  • REAP
  • SWMP
  • WRAP

Words and Phrases

  • Architectural Salvage
  • BREW Crew
  • Environment Agency (EA)
  • Envirowise
  • Flooring Sustainability Partnership (FSP)
  • Landfill
  • Landrise
  • National Industry Symbiosis Programme (NISP)
  • Recycle
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Resource Efficiency Action Programme (REAP)
  • Reuse
  • Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP)
  • Waste Hierarchy
  • Waste Stream (this page)
  • Waste & Resource Action Programme (WRAP)
  • WasteCost®Lite (Jargon Buster) G#1297 N#1289

GBE Links

  • BRE
  • QuickWins
  • SWMP
  • Envirowise
  • EA
  • BRE
  • Cradle to Cradle
  • LCA
  • Envirowise
  • NISP
  • WRAP

GBE ToolBox

GBE Calculators

WRAP Tools

(NGS BRM ’12)

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22nd November 2013 – 4th January 2017

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