B3.10.12 Quality Protocols


Sometimes it does not make sense for a substance to be classed as waste and therefore subject to all of the waste legislation. Imagine if people buying compost had to be a registered waste carrier to take it home, or needed a waste management license to create compost at home!

Quality protocols explain when a waste derived material can be regarded as a non-waste product and no longer subject to waste controls.

They aim to produce high quality products from waste materials to promote greater recovery and recycling.

If there is no quality protocol for your material, see the detailed end of waste test guidance. This explains how to assess the waste status of your material if you are planning to produce a new product from waste.

The following rules apply to all Quality protocols: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/quality-protocols-qps-rules-for-all-qps/quality-protocols-qps-rules-for-all-qps


There are then a series of specific quality Protocols that must be followed for the specific waste types, e.g.

  • Compost
  • Tyre-derived rubber materials
  • Biomethane from waste
  • Flat glass
  • Aggregates from inert waste


Full details are available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/quality-protocols-end-of-waste-frameworks-for-waste-derived-products