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Waste Classification Services

EnviroX is able to provide soil testing to classify soil material (waste) into one of 6 categories. If you have generated material within your site (generally through excavation) then this material is required to be tested prior to sending it to a landfill. All EnviroX waste classification reports are in accordance with NSW EPA requirements and the NSW DECCW Waste Classification Guidelines.

The following classes of waste are defined in clause 49 of Schedule 1 of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act):

  • Special waste
  • Liquid waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Restricted solid waste
  • General solid waste (putrescible)
  • General solid waste (non-putrescible).

Refer to the following link for details on the different types of classifications


Conducting the correct testing can be crucial as incorrect sampling and reporting can lead to increased charges at the licensed land fill, not accepted due to the report at the land fill, incorrect classification leading to increased costs. EnviroX’s consultants have years of experience with Waste Classifications and ensuring the most cost effective solution is given to our clients and there will be no issues when taking the material to the land fill due to sampling or reporting.

Many exemptions also exist where the material is not required to be classified as waste but can fall into an exemption (substantially reduce costs of removal). Some exemptions include;

  • Excavated Natural Material exemption 2014
  • Recovered aggregate 2014
  • Recovered railway ballast 2014
  • Recovered plasterboard exemption 2014
  • The continuous process recovered fines exemption 2014


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