Long-awaited Waste Wood Classification Guidance is Launched

Guidance on how to handle and process all items of waste wood is being published today (Thursday 22nd July) after a four-year project led by the Wood Recyclers’ Association.

The culmination of the Waste Wood Classification Project will see two separate sets of Waste Wood Assessment Guidance published, one for those working in the wood recycling sector and one for those in the construction and demolition sector. The guidance documents are aimed at helping waste producers and operators to understand and follow procedures to ensure the correct waste wood ends up in the right end market.

In England the Environment Agency is publishing two new Regulatory Position Statements (RPS) tomorrow (Friday 23rd July) for anyone handling waste wood. The RPSs will mean that mixed loads of waste wood in England can continue to be processed by operators for use in panel board manufacturing and Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Chapter IV compliant biomass boilers.

The two sets of Waste Wood Assessment Guidance will help operators to follow the correct procedures for the RPSs. Regulators in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are due to announce their final positions on this work shortly.

The two new RPSs are as follows:

RPS 249: This allows potentially hazardous waste wood received at household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) to move as un-assessed, non-hazardous material as long as it is destined for Industrial Emissions Directive (IED) Chapter IV compliant biomass or the manufacture of panel board.   This RPS will remain in place until the end of March 2024 to give the waste wood industry time to demonstrate that there is no longer any hazardous content in household waste wood. This is already diminishing and is not expected to exist at all by the time the RPS expires.

RPS 250: This covers hazardous waste wood from demolition and refurbishment activities. This now requires all waste wood from construction and demolition sites to be assessed, and where deemed hazardous, consigned as hazardous waste using a hazardous waste consignment note with the correct waste codes. However it also allows for the collection, storage, processing and blending of potentially hazardous waste wood from domestic premises, demolition sites and other business premises, to be carried out under existing environmental permits.  This RPS will remain in place until the end of August 2023.

For both waste streams further testing will now continue to be undertaken until we have sufficient evidence to demonstrate what, if any items, continue to be hazardous.  If hazardous material is still in the waste stream after the RPSs have expired, those that wish to handle it will need to apply for a permit variation to accept hazardous material.

Under RPS250, it is the responsibility of the waste handler (i.e: contractor/skip operator/waste transfer station etc) to assess, segregate and consign the wood before passing it to a wood recycler/reprocessor . If they assess it against the guidance and think it may be hazardous they either have to get it tested to WM3 standards or move it under a hazardous code.

Where segregation is not possible, RPS250 also allows transfer stations and skip operators to move it as mixed waste wood to a non-hazardous processing facility. If they do this, it is also their responsibility to estimate the percentage of hazardous waste wood in the load and to record it on the consignment note before transferring it to the wood recycler/re-processor.

Waste wood recyclers/re-processors can receive hazardous and non-hazardous waste wood under the two RPSs and can then process it and blend both materials to be sent to the two approved outlets (Chapter IV biomass and panel board manufacture) under a non-hazardous waste note.  However it is important to note that in this context hazardous wood does not include the traditional hazardous waste wood items such as telegraph poles and railway sleepers. These will continue to be classified as hazardous material (Grade D) and need to be sent to specialist hazardous outlets.  A full list of these items is contained in both guidance documents.

Both sets of the new Waste Wood Assessment Guidance explain how to work under the new RPSs in detail. They will be sent out to members of the Wood Recyclers’ Association, the CIWM Construction & Demolition Forum, and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors respectively and will also be available to download from these associations’ websites.

Julia Turner, Executive Director of the WRA, has been leading the project since it began in 2017. She said: “We are pleased to have finally reached a conclusion for operators in England and we are satisfied that this is the best way forward for all concerned.”

“We are still working with the regulators in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to finalise the position for operators in those nations but hope to have this agreed very soon. On behalf of the WRA I would like to extend my thanks to all involved in this project.”

Howard Button, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors, said:

“As a result of great collaboration and a huge body of work by all involved, we now have a clear pathway forward and a tangible deliverable to our sector. NFDC is on hand to support its members and the wider industry with understanding the new demolition and construction specific RPS 250 and ensuring the guidance is followed effectively. It has been a pleasure to participate in the process and we are delighted to have reached a satisfactory conclusion.”

Author:  Bryony Saletes, Marketing Coordinator, NFDC & NDTG

he content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers.

Ron Callan Hon.FIDE 1940-2021

The Funeral of Ron Callan will take place on Monday 26th July 2021.

This will be for family and close friends only as covid restrictions will still be observed. A website has been made available for anyone wishing to leave a message of condolence or a donation to St Elizabeth Hospice. 

IDE President to support the Alzheimer’s Society during his term of office

As members are aware, with each new Presidential term, the incoming President chooses a worthwhile charity to support during their term of office.  We are pleased to announce that Richard Dolman FIDE, has chosen to support the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to his heart, and there are many ways you can help him with his fundraising goals.

For those of you unfamiliar with this charity, the Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading Dementia charity.  They campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with Dementia today.  Did you know that Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer and that someone develops it every 3 minutes and sadly, there is currently no cure.  To understand more about Dementia click here

Throughout the year, the Alzheimer’s Society have a variety of events for you to get involved with, kicking off with Dementia Action Week from 17th-23rd May 2021 which includes Denim for Dementia,  then later in the Autumn the Memory Walk that can be done with just you and your family, or in a much bigger group (restrictions permitting)  and then there’s Elf Day that takes place over the festive period to name just a few.

Your help to support this amazing charity will be invaluable and for this purpose the IDE have set up a Just Giving page for any donations you may wish to make.  Every donation you make will be dedicated to the Alzheimer’s Society, whether you have chosen to organise your own event or attending one organised by the IDE you will be raising money to power life-changing dementia research and supporting those people who are being affected by Dementia today.  Thank you 



NFDC officially announces the appointment of William Crooks as President

NFDC, the leading trade body for the demolition industry, officially announces the appointment of Derby-based Cawarden’s Managing Director, William Crooks, as President following this morning’s 80th Annual General Meeting of the Federation.

Presidential roles within NFDC are appointed biennially, typically via a traditional ceremonial handover of the Chain of Office at AGM events hosted by NFDC for members and special guests of the demolition industry. The ceremonial handover this morning was instead witnessed virtually by 100+ members via an online AGM, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions on mass gatherings. NFDC shared tentative plans for a member event to celebrate and commemorate the 80-year anniversary since the Federation’s foundation later this year where members will be able to raise a toast to the new President in person, assuming the Covid-19 roadmap back to normality remains on course.

The President’s role at NFDC is a significant undertaking and includes leading the NFDC National Council – a steering committee made up of representatives from all NFDC regions who help to define the agenda for key Federation activity which ultimately benefits the wider demolition industry.

On his appointment to the role, William Crooks said “30 years ago I was one of a two-man band and now I’m NFDC President. The day Cawarden became members of the NFDC was a massive source of pride for me and the entire Cawarden workforce and my appointment today evokes the same feelings of pride for all of us. The Federation itself, many fellow demolition contractors and the demolition industry as a whole have come from humble beginnings, yet we’re all going from strength to strength. I understand that the role of NFDC President is both a privilege and a responsibility and I look forward to helping shape and further improve the NFDC for the benefit of members and the demolition industry over my term.”

William Crooks, former Vice President of the NFDC, former Chairman for NFDC Midlands & Welsh region and current Chair of the NFDC Finance Committee, will be supported during his 2021 – 2023 term in office by Gary Bishop, of Bromley Demolition and immediate past President of the IDE, in the role of Vice President and the newly elected 2nd Vice President, John Lynch of Midlands & Welsh region member company, Newline Demolition.

On handing the Presidential baton over, Keltbray’s Holly Price passed on her thanks to William for his support as Vice President during her challenging two-year term in office, along with good wishes for success in the role. Despite the impact of Covid-19 on the Federation’s strategic plans and the absence of renowned member events during the past year, Holly brought some of the softer issues in demolition to the forefront, particularly Mental Health and Wellbeing and Diversity in demolition. With energy and commitment to Federation business throughout her tenure, Holly’s Presidency was valued by the wider NFDC leadership team and the membership of some 140 demolition contractors and 90 industry service providers.

NFDC CEO, Howard Button, added “On behalf of everyone at NFDC, we thank Holly Price for her dedication to the Federation from 2019 to 2021 and congratulate William on his new appointment. We trust he will enjoy a positive and productive term in office.”

Author:  Bryony Saletes, Marketing Coordinator, NFDC & NDTG

he content of this article represents the personal views of the author and nothing is to be taken as representing the views, opinions, policy or position of any other persons or organisations mentioned herein or of the Institute of Demolition Engineers.


In the Know: Circular Economy

During the IDE Virtual Spring National held on 25th February we were lucky enough to welcome a newcomer to our talented list of  Speakers.  Julia Messenger, Sustainability Advisor for BAM Construct UK Ltd, joined us to present on Circular Economy.

A Circular Economy is an alternative to a traditional linear economy (make, use, dispose) in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extract the maximum value from them while in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Julia’s presentation was interesting and informative and she is very keen to hear from members who have a definite interest in this subject matter.  To see her presentation click Moving to a Circular Economy .  To connect with Julia complete her survey here 

Engineering Council release their Guidance on Sustainability

During the last 12 months the  Engineering Council have been busy reviewing their Guidance on Sustainability

Many comments have been contributed and several Professional Affiliates formed part of that review.  They have now launched  a digital version of the revised guidance along with revamped/updated supporting webpage links, useful documents etc.  A more formal launch is planned for the Spring  along with the 2020 revised Standards and, with NEPC partners, considering how it could be included at the COP26 later in the year.

To read the revised Guidance on Sustainability and supporting materials click on the following link: https://www.engc.org.uk/standards-guidance/guidance/guidance-on-sustainability/

FREE online Covid-19 e-course launched by CITB


The CITB have issued a free online course for managing COVID 19 on construction sites – to find our more click here
The course takes only 1 hour of your time and you will receive a certificate when successfully completed

David Jolly RIP

Lessons Learned: A Message from the IDE President

Dear Members,

In my speech at last year’s AGM, I mentioned the importance of collaborating and working together to improve standards throughout our industry. I also encouraged us all to be open and honest about reporting incidents and sharing best practice. I plan to lead by example during my tenure as your president.

AR Demolition is a company which places great emphasis on safe working environments – for our staff, subcontractors, client personnel and the general public, both in and around our project sites. Demolition by its nature can be a highly dangerous and risk-filled sector and our endeavour is to minimise or eliminate the many risks at every stage of our complex processes.

However, despite our rigorous approach incidents do happen and we recently experienced one such incident at a project site in Nottingham. Click on the following link to read all about it HSE alert No… underground voids v1.

Fortunately no one was hurt but we are working with our client to undergo a full investigation. In the meantime, I wanted to share our initial views on the incident – and lessons to learn.

It’s precisely because we have such a focus on safety that I want to share this with you. We should all be honest in our reporting and diligent in our approach to standards. That way, we can collectively improve safety across the sector and raise the profile of the industry as a whole..

Please feel free to contact me or discuss among the members.

With best wishes,

Richard Dolman FIDE, IDE President


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