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Believe it or not, if there is even a possibility of a small quantity of oil being present within waste it must be defined as hazardous, and it must be consigned.
This is because, when preparing the List of Wastes (LoW) directive, the European Commission took the decision to make all waste oils hazardous wastes (edible oils are notable exceptions to this rule). As a result, no matter what they are derived from, what they are made of or their concentration, all waste oils are absolute hazardous entries in the
European Waste Catalogue (EWC).
In the case of a car park interceptor being contaminated with a small amount of engine oil from a leaky vehicle, this ruling makes the content of the entire interceptor hazardous. The EWC Code for all carpark interceptor sludges is an absolute hazardous entry in the list 13 05 03*.
It is also important to determine the hazardous properties that the oil possesses to ensure that all those involved in the transfer of the waste are fully aware of the dangers the waste might pose.
In this situation where the oil type is unknown, and where there is no data to determine the appropriate classification of the oil, the general hazardous properties of oil should be used to communicate the dangers the waste might pose. The general hazardous properties of oil are:
This means that in practice, all wastes collected from car park interceptors must be accompanied by a consignment note with a hazardous EWC code and the hazardous properties detailed above as a minimum.
If you have any questions on this or other waste classifications, please do
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