Wood Waste Regulation Changes and AMS Services | AMS News

How the wood waste regulations have changed and how it impacts our services

The beginning of September saw a fairly big change take effect in the world of wood waste management and disposal. For the majority of people, this change will pass them without much notice being taken. However, for those working in the construction and demolition industry, this change will have been a little more of a hot topic. 

As a waste collections and management service, the team here at Avon Material Supplies (AMS) have spent a bit of time doing a deep dive into the regulation changes so that we know exactly what is going on, and how it will impact our services. 

Spoiler alert, it doesn’t impact our services.

What has changed?

In fancy terms, the Environmental Agency is withdrawing the Regulatory Position Statement (RPS) 250. This regulation allowed wood waste that was potentially hazardous to be moved, disposed of and processed along with non-hazardous wood.

In layman’s terms, some wood that used to be disposed of as “normal”, non-hazardous wood waste, now needs to be treated as hazardous wood, unless you have proof that it isn’t hazardous.

What wood is affected?

This is where it can start to get a little bit complicated because not all of these items will need to be classified as hazardous. The items will only need to be classified as hazardous if they have come from a building that was built before 2007.

Basically, if you are working on a house that was built before 2007, then you will need to treat the following as hazardous wood:

  • Barge boards
  • Soffit boards
  • External joinery
  • External doors
  • Roof timber
  • External fascia
  • Tiling cladding
  • Tiling battens
  • Timber frames
  • Timber joist

What does this mean for you?

If you want to be able to dispose of the wood as non-hazardous, you will need to get it tested, in order to prove that it doesn’t contain any hazardous elements. If the tests prove this, then you can handle and recycle the wood as non-hazardous wood. 

However, if you don’t test it, or the test shows that it is hazardous, you will need to treat it as hazardous wood. This means that you need to keep it separate from non-hazardous wood, mark it as hazardous and dispose of it at a facility that is licensed to handle and manage hazardous wood.

How do the regulations impact us?

The good news is that these changes haven’t impacted the services that we offer.

We are fully licensed to handle and transport all hazardous waste, including hazardous wood.

What services do we offer?

We offer a variety of waste collection services that are suitable for businesses depending on how much waste they produce.

Grab trucks

These are a great option if you have large amounts of wood waste being generated at one time. Our grab truck can hold up to 16 tonnes of wood waste in one trip. The grab arm makes it easy to load the truck and will be operated by one of our team, so once you have arranged a date and time, you can get on with the rest of your to-do list.

Tipper trucks

We operate a fleet of tipper trucks that can hold up to 20 tonnes of wood waste at a time.

Similar to grab trucks, these are a great way to dispose of large amounts of wood waste from a project. However, these are only suitable if you have the right equipment to load the truck. Unlike the grab trucks, they don’t have an arm to reach out and pick up the waste.


For projects that are generating a smaller amount of wood waste, then one of our wood waste skips might be the perfect solution for you. We have several sized skips to accommodate the amount of waste produced.

The smallest skip available is our 4-yard skip which will hold up to 40 black bags filled with wood waste. We then offer six-yard skips, which hold around 60 black bin bags, or 8-yard skips which will hold around 80 full black bin bags. Finally, our biggest skip is 12 yards and will hold the equivalent of 120 filled black bin bags.

Our skip hire is simple and stress-free. All you need to do is order a wood waste skip on our online shop or call our friendly team on 01202 579579. We will then drop the skip off at the time and date arranged. Our drivers are skilled and will always try their best to place the skip, where requested*.

We will then come back on an arranged date to collect the skip. If you still need waste management service, we can replace the skip when we take the full one away. The price of the skip will include a 2-week hire, but we can arrange longer hire periods should you wish.

If you are disposing of both hazardous and non-hazardous waste, these will need to be collected separately, meaning that you might need 2 skips, rather than 1. Our skip hire is flexible, so if you will be generating more of one type of wood waste, then you can have one larger skip and one smaller skip.

*Please note sometimes this is not always possible if there are cables, or trees in the way of the skip truck arms.

Arrange wood waste collection

Hopefully, you know by now that our services have not been impacted by the regulation changes and we can collect and transport all of your wood waste.

Hiring one of our services is easy as you can visit our online shop to hire a skip or grab truck.

Alternatively, if you want to speak to one of our experts, or discuss hiring a tipper truck, call us on 01202 579579.

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