RPS 211 (or regulatory position statement 211) has applied to businesses who deal with excavated waste from unplanned utilities installation and repair works, but it is being withdrawn next year on 30th April 2020.
The document has allowed companies producing a small amount of waste (<10m3) from the above activities to dispose of that waste as non-hazardous by default, without having to test and classify it beforehand.
The kinds of waste types that have been covered include (but are not limited to) the following:-
- 17 01 01 concrete
- 17 01 02 bricks
- 17 01 03 tiles and ceramics
- 17 01 07 non-hazardous mixtures of concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics
- 17 03 02 non-hazardous bituminous mixtures
- 17 05 04 soil and stones
- 17 09 04 non-hazardous mixed construction and demolition wastes
After the 30th April next year companies undertaking utilities installation or repair must be able to:-
- deliver an Environment Agency approved protocol for the classification and assessment of excavated utilities wastes
- implement compliance with the legal requirement to correctly classify and assess this waste
Any unassessed waste from utilities excavations must be classified as hazardous. This has a cost implication on such a job - for example the tax difference alone between hazardous and non-hazardous waste can be approximately £90/tonne - therefore for 10m3 of unassessed waste soil the tax difference (not taking into account transport and tipping costs) would be around £1600.
Here at Geo-Integrity we have employees qualified in environmental and waste law and we have a large amount of experience sampling and classifying excavation wastes of all kinds. If you would like a chat please call Murray on 07858 367 125 or email on this address