Hazardous Waste

Hazardous waste imageSome types of waste are harmful to human health, or to the environment, or both, either immediately or over an extended period of time. This is called hazardous waste.

If you are assessing a waste to determine if it is hazardous you should refer to:


If you have hazardous waste you should:

  • Segregate hazardous waste from non hazardous waste
  • Ensure hazardous wastes are dealt with by a suitably qualified hazardous waste contractor

Hazardous waste is controlled by a number of pieces of legislation.

From the 1st of June 2015, Newcastle University as a waste producer will need to comply with the revised guidance set out in WM3.


WM3 is the Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste: Technical Guidancewhich replaces WM2 (Hazardous Waste: Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste).

The guidance explains how to assess if a waste displays a hazardous property and how to classify it.

Responsibilities and Arrangements

In all cases academic and service units are responsible for the safety of the waste that they generate. Please contact your safety officer for advice.

This procedure satisfies safety concerns, Duty of Care and encourages producer responsibility.

Please see general hazardous waste guidance here:

If you have a waste product that you are unsure whether it is classified as hazardous or not please contact sustainable.campus@ncl.ac.uk for advice.

The following list of hazardous waste contractors come recommended by various university lab managers:


As a hazardous waste producer you need to keep records of all hazardous waste including, WEEE and chemicals, you must maintain records (waste consignment notes) in a register, of each waste involved.
You must also be able to supply specified information to us or the emergency services, when required to do so.

Further Information

Further information on Hazardous Waste disposal can be found in the following sections: