EQual programme

The EQual programme aims to provide benefits for waste producers, waste management companies end users and regulators.

Objectives

The EQual programme will deliver four objectives:

  • assess the environmental impacts of waste-derived products through field trials on four materials
  • empower industry to self-assess their Quality Protocols (QP) compliance with a QP checker web tool
  • demonstrate a definition of waste web tool that will enable businesses to make their own end of waste decisions
  • communicate and disseminate the EQual project findings to its stakeholders and relevant audiences in Europe so that others can learn and benefit from it

Outcomes

The project aims to deliver a:

  • definition of waste web tool
  • Quality Protocol (QP) checker web tool
  • field trial report
  • communication and dissemination programme.

Major milestones

We aim to complete certain projects within the following timescales:

Spring 2014

  • empower industry to self-assess their compliance with Waste Quality Protocols (whether waste is fully recovered so it is no longer classed as waste) with the aid of a Quality Protocol checker web tool to be developed and supplied, following trials with the industries concerned
  • give customers greater confidence in waste-derived products produced to Quality Protocol standards by developing web tools which customers can use to confirm the product they are purchasing is no longer waste.

Autumn 2014

  • demonstrate the environmental impacts of waste-derived products on the environment through a series of field trials on four Quality Protocol compliant materials
  • demonstrate a successful methodology for making end of waste decisions by developing a definition of waste web tool to enable businesses to make their own end of waste decisions