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How To Classify Excavated Waste From Utilities Work

The disposal of excavated waste, produced during the installation or repair of utilities e.g. tarmac, made ground or mixed spoil, without the requirement for classification testing was formerly covered by RPS 211 rules, however, with this regulation being revoked you may be wondering how to classify excavated waste from your utilities work.

Having been involved in early discussions with leaders in the utilities industry, prior to the revoking of RPS 211, we are uniquely positioned to advise clients on how classification testing for excavated utilities waste will work going forward.

Short Guide To Testing & Classifying Excavated Utilities Waste

Planned vs unplanned utilities work - We have opted to start this short guide on how to classify waste from utilities work on planned vs unplanned work, as this is such an important factor that has a massive impact on the practicalities of testing and classifying your waste. With planned utilities work, in-situ testing of material to be excavated can be carried out prior to commencement on-site, meaning waste can be classified in advance and excavated material disposed of accordingly immediately after excavation. Primarily due to the time constraints on turnaround for testing and classification of excavated utilities waste, unplanned work can result in a number of practical issues. All utilities companies will be different and will operate different strategies when it comes to disposal of excavated waste so it's not possible to go into every variation, however, the time between collection of waste samples and completion of laboratory testing and classification will cause issues that need to be overcome.

Waste Classification Testing of excavated utilities waste - In order to allow for excavated utilities waste to be disposed of, e.g. to landfill, waste carriers and landfill operators will require detailed chemical analysis and an accurate classification (hazardous or non-hazardous) of the waste. Waste classification testing will allow waste carriers and landfill operators to appropriately manage, treat or dispose of waste.

Sampling, Testing & Classifying - If you intend to dispose of waste soil or other materials, produced by the installation or repair of utilities, we're able to collect samples from your site, carry out a Waste Classification Test in a UKAS accredited laboratory and prepare a waste classification report, within days of sample collection. We can then liaise with waste disposal companies or landfill operators regarding the removal of the excavated utilities waste from your site, ensuring you're fully compliant with environmental and waste disposal regulations, following the revoking of RPS 211.

Soil Test Kits - In addition to in-situ sampling of material to be excavated during the utilities work, we offer a simple, quick, convenient and, most of all, affordable utilities waste classification service, with analysis and a clear, easy to understand, report carried out within 6-8 working days as standard, or 3 working days if you opt for our fast track turnaround. Your soil testing kit, including required sample containers and guidelines on how to take soil samples to ensure the most accurate results, will be delivered to your chosen location next working day. Once you've taken the waste samples, we will arrange for your sample pack to be collected and delivered to our UKAS accredited laboratory, where it can be professionally analysed. Following this, we will prepare a report detailing the assessment and classifying your waste, to comply with post RPS 211 waste disposal regulations.

Meet Our Utilities Waste Management Consultants

Consultants - Supervised by our Chief Technical Officer, Louis Turner, our fully comprehensive utilities waste classification testing, is carried out by highly qualified consultants, combining over 30 years experience in construction waste management with recognised in-depth technical qualifications in identification of contaminated waste and environmental issues.

Management - Our wealth of experience in project management, logistics and waste management consulting allows us to provide an efficient, friendly and high quality utilities waste classification service for our clients. As a company, we believe that helping clients achieve their goals while simultaneously protecting the environment is a true "win-win" situation.

Partners - Our experienced, professional and qualified construction and consulting partners further extend the range of environmental and waste management services we're able to provide. Our partners provide our clients with services such as hazardous soil disposal, remediation implementation and excavation and groundwork services.

Contact Us - Contact us and let us know your requirements. We offer a quick and convenient service for testing and classifying excavated waste from utilities installations and repairs, fully tailored to your specific needs. If your requirements are more complex, or you're looking for more information about utilities waste classification and disposal or our company, a more formal consultation may be necessary. Following initial consultation we can provide an outline proposal detailing how we can help and the costs involved.

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