EC publishes final version of CG12

22 NOVEMBER 2021

The Basel Convention changed the classification of waste plastic on 1 Jan 2021. One of the issues that arose from this was the interpretation of the permissable contamination levels and the European Commission has now published Correspondents Guidelines No. 12 which provides EU guidance on this.

These guidelines are not binding on member states but most will use them and we can therefore expect most EU destination sites for UK plastic waste to refer to them. 

However, the EA has made it clear that both for exports from and imports to England - and one suspects the position will apply to Scotland and Wales - the quality requirements are not affected by the 2% specified in CG 12. Ie The de minimus rule applies whereby the Agency will consider contamination on a subjective basis to determine compliance with Article 18 'green list' requirements.