Green Compass


Frequently asked questions

Quick Clarifications



In liaison with British Standards (BSI) (link) a PAS provides a sponsored, fast-track route to standardisation and procedures driven by the needs of the industry. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of supporting certification, sharing good practice or supporting innovation.

PAS402 was written specifically for performance reporting for the waste management industry – encouraging business improvements by recording performance data and demonstrating environmental credentials.

The ‘PAS’, as it’s known within the trade, provides a framework for measuring actual performance against targets – including materials recovery and landfill diversion.

It is a real-life scorecard which Green Compass members can share with their clients and staff and encourage continuous improvements.

PAS402:2009 was originally sponsored by Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Link with crucial development and consultation from members of the waste management industry.

The PAS was updated in 2013. You can purchase a copy of the PAS from the BSI website via the link below.

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Whilst the PAS sets out the guidelines and a framework of good practice for industry to follow, Green Compass is the only UKAS accredited programme which provides a standardised route to achieving the BSI PAS402:2013 accreditation.

The many years of expertise and crucially, an understanding and appreciation of the waste management sector, ensures that the Green Compass team can quickly and effectively assist companies wishing to progress membership.

PAS402:2013 is applicable to waste management organisations that process construction, industrial, commercial or household waste – at a transfer station, treatment facility or disposal site.

The PAS is not applicable to waste organisations who solely carry waste.

A report is produced after conducting a baseline assessment of the organisations environmental, quality, health and safety performance, practices, procedures and policies at the time of assessment.

To meet the requirements of PAS 402:2013, the waste management organisation will need to report how it conducts its waste management activities, landfill diversion and materials recovery rates achieved.

As a Green Compass member, achieving PAS 402:2013 will benefit your organisation in raising your status to be part of a best practice elite of waste management businesses in the UK.

Green Compass membership is a tangible marketing tool - as well as the UKAS accredited certificate, scheme members are provided with livery and graphic design templates for marketing purposes. Becoming a Green Compass member demonstrates your compliance with PAS 402:2013 by providing independent verification of reported performance data. Verification is undertaken by an independent, UKAS accredited inspection body.

The external inspection will improve customer confidence, process efficiency and can help to secure new business. BuildUK members (formerly United Kingdom Contractors Group) have provided their full support for Green Compass and are now specifying that their contractors adopt PAS 402:2013 by 2018. Green Compass membership is also being requested by a growing number of Local Authorities in their procurement processes.

To provide assurance that your company is following the PAS 402:2013 specification, you need to be verified by an independent third party. You can obtain accreditation by becoming a Green Compass member which provides the framework that you can follow.

The first steps are to complete an online application form which will be reviewed and considered by our management team.

For PAS402 you will need to prepare a publicly available report, however, a lot of the information you have for your standards will help you in compiling your report and providing evidence of conformance with clauses 3 to 11 of PAS402:2013.

Yes, PAS 402 will provide the building blocks that you can use to help you build your management systems. Annex A of PAS402:2013 lists the correspondence with existing management systems.

PAS402:2013 receives periodic review and the updated ISO standards will be included in the next revision.

Yes, all waste exemptions need to be included together with any permits/licences that you have.

Green Compass membership is applicable to waste management organisations that process construction, industrial, commercial or household waste. An accredited company might operate a transfer station, treatment facility or disposal site.

Companies who are Green Compass members are the elite of the waste management industry and in general, work within the parameters of international quality standards to demonstrate best practice and endeavor to continuously improve processes, delivery and customer satisfaction.