WASTE SAMPLE ANALYSIS | What is pre-acceptance of waste – Appropriate Measures

Landfill Waste Disposal

What is Pre-Acceptance of Waste?

It is the process conducted by the compliance team to ensure that we classify, transport, receive, store, process and despatch customer wastes meeting applicable health, safety, and environmental standards.

What does collecting the information mean for me?

  • We can offer the best price to the client
  • We can usually book the waste in sooner
  • It is processed more quickly and waste moving out of our sites quicker means space for new waste to come in
  • Subsequent inputs of the same waste from the same customer aren’t delayed by asking for additional information
  • We keep our colleagues safe and healthy
  • We keep our clients compliant and protect them from risk

What are

appropriate measures

 Appropriate Measures are the latest guidance issued by the Environment Agency to cover how waste is :

  •  Characterised/Classified

  •  Received

  •  Tested

  •  Treated

  •  Dispatched

What Information is Required and Why?

Information Why do we need it?
Details of the waste producer including their organisation, name address and contact details. We already collect this for invoicing and client contact purposes, but it is also used by the Environment Agency to understand which companies are producing which wastes
The source of the waste (the producer’s business and the specific process that has created the waste) To understand the risk the waste may pose, for example if the producer is a storage warehouse, the wastes are likely to be pure products waiting for shipment or damaged materials, whereas if the producer is an aerospace company we may expect the materials to be contaminated, for example with metal turnings
Where the holder of the waste is not the producer, details of the waste holder including their organisation name, address, and contact details This is a regulatory requirement, and we appreciate may be difficult to obtain from third party contractors.  If we ask and aren’t provided with it, we should record this.
Information on the nature and variability of the waste production and the waste This is so we understand how often the waste may need analysing before receipt and when accepted on to site.  The sampling and analysis is to manage risk to the environment and our staff.
A fulsome description of the waste This is to protect the environment and our staff as different constituents in a waste have different hazards.  The more fulsome the description, along with constituents the more easily a disposal/recovery can be determined for the waste usually leading to better pricing options and more efficient delivery/handling.
The List of waste Code (EWC) This information is used by the regulator to determine which industry sectors are producing particular types and quantities of waste.  We can help producers determine these if they need help.
Its physical form Is it solid, liquid, gas, sludge, or multi-phase?  Knowing this enables more efficient identification of potential disposal routes usually offering more pricing options and more efficient handling on site.
Its composition (based on safety data sheets, where appropriate, or representative samples and robust laboratory analysis) Knowing the composition of a waste is key to protecting the safety of our staff and meeting the conditions of our environmental permit.  Additionally, the more we know the more options we are likely to have for disposal or recovery of the waste and therefore more options to offer our client.  Pure products and articles such as WEEE, aerosols, contaminated packaging, unused materials won’t normally require an analysis, whereas production waste, for example a wash water will.  This analysis may be provided by the client, provided it is trusted or provided by us after receiving a representative sample.
Any hazardous properties The hazardous properties need to be known to protect the safety of our team and minimise the risk of any environmental damage when processing the waste.  If the client doesn’t know these, we can help them assign these to their waste.
Any POPs POPs means Persistent Organic Pollutants and refer to chemicals that don’t readily breakdown in the environment, you may have heard of one group, that is called PCBs.  If a client’s waste contains these, they must be disposed of in a certain way which destroys these materials.  Failure to follow this guidance could cause environmental damage and result in considerable fines for our client and us.
The potential for self-heating, self-reactivity or reactivity to moisture or air Establishing these means we can protect the safety of our staff along with the safety of our sites.  If a material is self-reactive it can ignite on its own and be the initiator of a major fire.  Examples of potentially self-reactive materials are organic peroxides, picric acid, aluminium powder, sodium metal
Any odour Waste that has a pungent or revolting odour must be handled using particular precautions and disposed of to certain routes that ensure any odour is contained and not released to the environment.  Examples of odorous compounds are sulphides, mercaptans, strong food flavours e.g. garlic, chilli etc….
The type of packaging This assists in pricing the job efficiently and understanding how much operational resource may be required in handling the waste.  For example, 40 x 5ltr of gloss paint may require bulking into a 205ltr drum before despatching from site, which takes considerable time, whereas a 205ltr drum of gloss paint is moved through the process much more quickly.
Confirmation that there is no radioactive, explosive or biohazardous waste We protect our staff’s safety by ensuring that none of these materials are present within our client’s waste.  None of our facilities are permitted for these materials and handling or receiving them could have catastrophic consequences.
An estimate of the quantity you expect to receive in each load and in a year This is a regulatory requirement but knowing this helps our business establish the resource needed for a particular client’s waste throughout the year.  It also enables our sales team to know when we should expect loads from our clients.

We provide expert technical assistance and unique support to help manage your waste streams.

Our laboratory has received significant investment, which has led to improvements in our testing capabilities.  Our laboratory is equipped with an XRF, ICP, IC, Bomb Calorimeter and TOC/DOC – all of which allow our analysts to classify the various waste materials received on site.  Most waste streams will undergo basic screening for inorganic elements.

In addition to instrumental analysis, we also offer a range of wet analytical testing methodologies.

Wet Testing Methodologies

  • Test Strip Kits: Can be used in situ at various locations by our qualified lab staff or site chemists.
  • Titrimetric Methods: We use titrimetry and titration methods for the determination of acid or alkali strength – essential in determining hazards and disposal costs for treatment.
  • Karl Fischer Auto-titration: Used to determine the level of water present in organic/solvent mixtures – helping to determine the options for solvent recovery or blending.
  • Automated Flashpoint Determination: We use Setaflash equipment to determine flashpoints on potentially flammable waste streams.

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