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Frequently Asked Questions

Waste Producers

Q. Are all the companies listed in your directory inspected?

A. Yes. All of the companies listed have been inspected by an independent UKAS accredited inspection body.

Q. I have difficult waste. Can you advise me on which waste management companies are better suited to manage its safe disposal?

A. The scheme is open to waste management companies processing all types of waste. Use the directory search function to find Green Compass companies that can handle the type of waste that you hold.

If you do not find a waste management company within the Scheme that can handle the waste you hold, try contacting your local Environmental Regulator to check that the company you decide to use holds the appropriate permit to handle the waste you would like to dispose of.

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Outside the UK?

Please contact us via email at info@greencompass.org and one of our friendly staff will be in contact to help with your enquiry.





Waste Management Companies

Q. I would like general advice on waste management and recycling. Can you help?

A. We are happy to assist you with your Green Compass application process.  General enquiries and guidance on waste management and recycling can be provided by implementation consultants, please contact us for further information on 0345 1214990 or email us at info@greencompass.org

Q. How do I become a Green Compass company and appear in your directory?

A. To apply for the Green Compass Scheme please contact us on 0345 1214990 or info@greencompass.org.

The directory is a record of all waste management companies who have been successfully inspected to PAS402 using the Green Compass Scheme. For each entry there is a brief company biography, company logo and contact information, details of the company landfill diversion rates and an electronic copy of the company’s performance report.

The Green Compass Scheme

Q. What information and access will the inspectors need?

A. During inspection, the inspectors will need to verify the information contained within the report submitted. This information will be based around the performance of the waste management organisation, against the clauses of PAS402:2013. ie: landfill diversion rates and individual materials recovery rates.

Q. How often will we need to be re-inspected?

A. Inspections are undertaken on an annual basis, unless the company wishes to amend their scope of operation prior to their annual re-inspection.


PAS 402:2013

Q. What is the difference between PAS 402:2013 and the Green Compass Scheme?

A.PAS402:2013 is a Publicly Available Specification (PAS). A PAS is a sponsored fast-track standard driven by the needs of the client:  in the instance of PAS402, the construction industry and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders were brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating a system to document business performance.

The Green Compass Scheme provides the mechanism to demonstrate conformance to PAS402:2013 requirements.

Q. I sell my waste to another waste management company. Am I eligible to apply for participation in the Green Compass Scheme?

A. Your eligibility would depend on whether you have processed the waste material, i.e: segregated, shredded, baled, in preparation for further processing.

If you are only performing the activities of a waste carrier and passing waste material from source to another waste management company for processing, you would not be eligible.

Q. How can I prove that my waste management company complies with PAS 402:2013?

A. Demonstration of compliance with PAS402 is via the independent inspection process. Successfully inspected companies are provided with a validated certificate and these credentials are uploaded on to the Green Compass website.