The Quality Protocols

The Waste Protocols Project is a joint Environment Agency and WRAP initiative in collaboration with industry, funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) as a business resource efficiency activity.


The project seeks to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Production of a quality protocol which clearly sets out the steps that must be taken for the waste to become a non-waste product or material that can be either reused by business or industry, or supplied into other markets, enabling recovered products to be used without the need for waste regulation controls.
  • Production of a regulatory position statement, which clearly informs the business community of the regulatory obligations they must comply with.

What is a Quality Protocol?

A Quality Protocol gives guidance on how to recover waste, remove it from the regulatory regime and unnecessary regulations.

Please go to the Environment Agency for more information or click on the quality protocols below.