SESSION A12 / 19 November 2020 / 14:45 - 16:00
Direct test methods for the classification of hazardous properties of wastes
Chair / Presidente: Alberto Pivato (IT)
Correct hazard classification of waste is crucial to provide sustainable and lawful management plans, from transport to final disposal. Especially in the case of waste classified as “mirror entry” in the European List of Waste, the choice of the specific assessment tool or method is a key step to ensure the transparency and reliability of the process.
Directive 2008/98/EC defines waste as hazardous if characterized by at least one of the 15 hazardous properties (HPs).
The assessment of the specific HP can be based on the measured content of potentially hazardous substances or on the result of a test of a given property. Here, a tiered assessment is recommended:
In this context, the session will discuss the current drawbacks and challenges posed by the current direct test procedures implemented in the 4th tier. In particular, the following Hazard Properties will be debated, being identified as the most discriminating or controversial ones: HP 4 Irritant; HP 8 Corrosive; HP 10 Toxic for reproduction; HP 14 ecotoxic.