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Code Tables for Vehicle and Oily Wastes

Waste produced by vehicle maintenance and dismantling includes items like brake pads, fluids, oils, and sludges. The tables list most waste codes for vehicle and oily wastes disposed of in United Kingdom.

Review the technical guidance for additional classifications not found in these waste code tables. The asterisk (*) at the end of a code signifies that the waste is hazardous.

Business waste descriptions must include:

The Environment Agency produce waste classification technical guidance on how to assess and classify waste. It can help if you cannot find a code for your waste or you need information on classification, hazardous materials, or waste sampling.

Vehicle Fluids and Other Oils

Type of Waste Status Contains PCBs Mineral-based & Chlorinated Mineral-based (non-chlorinated) Synthetic Readily Biodegradable Other Oils
Hydraulic oils Hazardous 13-01-01* 13-01-09* 13-01-10* 13-01-11* 13-01-12* 13-01-13*
Engine, gear, and lubricating oils Hazardous Not Applicable 13-02-04* 13-02-05* 13-02-06* 13-02-07* 13-02-08*
Insulating and transmission oils Hazardous 13-03-01* 13-03-06* 13-03-07* 13-03-08* 13-03-09* 13-03-10*

Note: You must not mix mineral oils, cooking oils, halogenated oils, brake fluids, antifreeze, oily waters, washer fluids. Oleo Recycling provides a safe solution to help businesses dispose of used cooking oil and fats.


Interceptor Wastes

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
Solid waste from interceptor Hazardous 13-05-01*
Interceptor sludges Hazardous 13-05-03*
Oily water from interceptor Hazardous 13-05-07*

Fuels, Brake and Antifreeze Fluids

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
Fuel oil and diesel Hazardous 13-07-01*
Petrol Hazardous 13-07-02*
Other fuels (includes mixed fuels from misfuelling) Hazardous 13-07-03*
Brake fluids Hazardous 16-01-13*
Antifreeze that contains hazardous substances Hazardous 16-01-14*
Antifreeze not containing hazardous substances Non-hazardous 16-01-15


Vehicles and Components

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
End-of-life vehicles (depolluted) Non-hazardous 16-01-06
End-of-life vehicles (un-depolluted) Hazardous 16-01-04*
Oil filters Hazardous 16-01-07*
Components containing mercury Hazardous 16-01-08*
Components containing PCBs Hazardous 16-01-09*

Note: Waste code for end-of-life tyres (i.e. no longer usable) is 16-01-03 and 16-01-10* for explosive components (e.g. air bags).


Brake Pads

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
Brake pads containing asbestos Hazardous 16-01-11*
Other brake pads Non-hazardous 16-01-12


End-of-life Vehicle Wastes

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
Ferrous metal Non-hazardous 16-01-17
Non-ferrous metal Non-hazardous 16-01-18
Plastic Non-hazardous 16-01-19
Vehicle glass Non-hazardous 16-01-20

Note: The waste code for lead acid car batteries is 16-06-01*. The waste code for catalytic converters is 16 01 21* (or 16 01 22 for those that do not contain refractory ceramic fibres (RCF)).


Contaminated Materials

TYPE OF WASTE STATUS WASTE CODE
Clothing, absorbents, or wiping cloths contaminated with hazardous substances Hazardous 15-02-02*
Clothing, absorbents, or wiping clothes contaminated with non-hazardous substances Non-hazardous 15-02-03


List of Waste Codes for Vehicle Parts and Oily Wastes in United Kingdom

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