Waste Management

wasteWaste generated as part of a development may include; general construction waste (bricks, plastic, plasterboard, pipe, wood paper etc..) excess soil from excavations, or contaminated soils.

Waste is classified into three main types:·

  • Inert
  • Non Hazardous
  • Hazardous

There are specific regulatory requirements that relate to each waste type.

However, in general, as waste producers, developers hold responsibilities under the various governing regulations, the key elements of which are:

  • Ensuring that waste is tested and characterised in accordance with Technical Guidance WM3. This requires an initial classification step to determine whether the waste is Hazardous or Non Hazardous, based on appropriate ‘air dried testing. A second step may be required to characterise the material as Inert or to confirm Hazardous classification, based on Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing.
  • Ensuring that, as a producer of hazardous waste, the site is registered with the Environment Agency.
  • Ensuring that waste is pre-treated and disposed of at a facility appropriately licensed to receive the waste as classified.
  • Keeping accurate records of all waste classification and transfer, as well as a disposal log including information such as: Date, Waste Classification, Carrier’s Registration Number, Transfer Note Number and Ultimate Destination.
  • Submitting full copies of those records for inclusion in verification/closure reports.
  • Maintaining those records for potential future regulatory inspection.

We are experienced in the classification and management of waste and are able to provide Waste Classification Reporting to all clients.  We can also provide advice for Waste Management Plans and the adoption of the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice.

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If you have any questions about our services or would like to discuss how we could help you, please get in touch using our contact form below. Please provide as much information as possible about the nature of your enquiry, particularly the purpose of the investigation, the site address and postcode.

Any existing or proposed site plans are useful and can be attached beneath the message box. Please provide a contact address, email and telephone number. We will get in touch as soon as possible.












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