Specialist Waste

Not sure what you are dealing with? We’ll help you find out.

Specialist waste is often made up of an unknown substance or substances. In other words, you might not be certain what the waste is made up of. A good example of this is contaminated soil. Though you can see that the waste type would be given the generic label of ‘soil’, you need to be certain that it is not hazardous before you dispose of it.

 Contaminated soil and hazardous waste can be a pain to deal with but at WasteSURE, we have a method that works every time.


The Procedure

Our procedure is designed to cover all bases and ensure certainty before any waste is removed or disposed. This means that you can be certain that you are acting well within your duty of care.

Identifying Specialist Waste

The first step is to identify the waste. We have a couple of waste analysis companies we work with regularly who will be able to do a sample test. This usually involves taking a few samples from around your site to ensure that we get a complete picture regarding the composition of your waste.

Interpretation – Allocating the Correct Waste Code

Once the waste has been analysed, the waste analysis company will allocate the correct waste code. This will label the waste type and give us an idea of what we are dealing with.

Quantifying specialist waste

Quantifying the waste is an important step because this is what decides whether your waste is hazardous or non-hazardous. This step in the procedure breaks down the waste into component parts to judge whether there is enough hazardous material present to justify this label or not.

For example, let’s say that there is a trace of nickel in your soil sample, if there is only a trace in a small area of your site, we might decide to treat that area separately if there is no nickel present across the rest of the site.


Removing Specialist Waste

There are multiple ways to remove specialist waste and we will work with you and your particular waste type to ensure that you use the most convenient and appropriate method.

 We can provide COSHH and drum stores as well as locked skips where necessary and it may be that your particular waste type and site would be more suited to a grab truck. We will visit your site to analyse the situation and make our suggestion.


Disposing of Specialist Waste

We will use our network of providers to ensure that your specialist waste is disposed of in the most environmentally friendly way possible; this usually the most cost-effective method too!

Multiple contractors

Where there are multiple contractors on your site, we will use segregated waste enclosures to make sure that the right waste goes into the right place. This is really important where hazardous waste is concerned because accidentally contaminating non-hazardous waste is an expensive mistake to make.

Multiple ways of disposal

Though you might assume that there is only one option for disposing of hazardous or specialist waste, we make full use of our network of providers to find the most suitable method for your waste type. This could include reusing or recycling your waste at a much cheaper rate.

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