Glossary of Terms

Waste Words

The waste industry is broad and complex, the nature of the industry means that the activities, processes and pathways use acronyms regularly for brevity. We have set out below some of the most popular abreviations: 

ACL

Approved Carriers List

AD

Anaerobic Digestion

AATF

Approved Authorised Treatment Facility

ATF

Authorised Treatment Facility

ATT

Advanced Thermal Treatment

BAT

Best Available Techniques

BMT

Biological Mechanical Treatment

BMRA

British Metals Recycling Association

BMW

Biodegradable Municipal Waste

BPEO

Best Practicable Environmental Option

CA

Civic Amenity

C&D

Construction and Demolition

C&I

Commercial and Industrial

 CoC

 Certificate of Competence

CoTC

Certificate of Technical Competence

DEFRA

Department of Food Environment and Rural Affairs

EA

Environment Agency

EfW

Energy from Waste

EIA

Environmental Impact Assessment

EIC

Essential Interim Capacity

ELV

End of Life Vehicles

EPOC

Environmental Permitting Operators Certificate

EPR

The Environmental Permitting Regulations England & Wales SI 675

The Environmental Permitting (Amendment Regulations 2012) England & Wales SI 676

FAPP

Fit and Proper Person

HASAWA

Health & Safety at Work Act etc 1974

HWRC

Household Waste Recycling Centre

IPPC

Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control

IVC

In Vessel Composting

LCA

Life Cycle Assessment

MBT

Mechanical Biological Treatment

MT/AD

Mechanical Treatment/Anaerobic Digestion

MRF

Materials Recycling Facility

OPRA

Operator Pollution Risk Appraisal

PPC

Pollution Prevention and Control

PPG

Planning Policy Guidance

ROC’s

Renewable’s Obligation Certificates

SEA

Strategic Environmental Assessment

SEPA

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency

SIC

Standard Industrial Classification

SPG

Strategic Planning Guidance

SWMP

Site Waste Management Plans

tpa

Tonnes per annum

WCA

Waste Collection Authority

WDA

Waste Disposal Authority

WEEE

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment

WIDP

Waste Infrastructure Delivery Programme

WIN

Waste Improvement Network

WISH

Waste Industry Safety & Health


 

Qualification Words

Please use the information below to help you to understand the words often used during the process of taking a qualification:

Achievement to succeed in doing something which you set out to do

Assessment/Assessor Assessors are employed by WAMITAB Centres to make judgements about the evidence provided to prove that the Learning Outcomes of a qualification have been met. Assessment is the process of coming to this judgement and can include things like gathering workplace evidence, examinations, assignments and question and answer sessions which allow the assessor to make a decision about the achievement of Learning Outcomes. Assessment will be guided by the Assessment Criteria specified in each unit, and assessors will need to be sure that the evidence is valid, authentic, reliable and sufficient.

Assessment Criteria what you must do to prove that you have met the Learning Outcome.

Awarding Organisation An organisation recognised by Ofqual, having met all regulatory requirements placed upon it. WAMITAB is an Awarding Organisation recognised by Ofqual.

Centre An organisation approved and quality assured by WAMITAB to deliver WAMITAB qualifications.

Certificate An official document which gives details of a learner’s achievements to prove that they have attained a qualification/units

Enrolment/Registration to formally agree to a programme of learning and assessment at the beginning of taking a qualification or unit/s

Evidence - Can be paper-based, observed work, audio and/or video recordings, verbal and written questions, work documents etc. These are used to demonstrate competence against the national occupational standards.

Learning Outcomes what you will achieve/be able to do/understand as a result of learning

Ofqual Short for Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation - Regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Portfolio of Evidence A portfolio is a collection of documents which demonstrate knowledge based skills and work you have undertaken to be assessed as evidence to meet required learning outcomes. These can be paper based or electronic, but must be valid, authentic, reliable and sufficient in order to be considered complete.

Qualification – Recognition for skills, knowledge, experience, competence. Qualifications provide a benchmark for ability and allow a person to demonstrate ability in a recognised way.

RQF Regulated Qualifications Framework. 

Unit a small chunk of learning/assessment covering a subject area. Units are split into Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria.