EMRC's Red Hill Waste Management Facility is licensed by the Department of Environment Regulation (formerly the Department of Environment and Conservation) to accept a range of solid wastes including Class I, II, III and IV wastes; and includes contaminated soils, industrial process wastes, treated timber and asbestos.
Contaminated waste disposal at Red Hill is managed in line with the Department of Environment Regulation's (DER) licensing and regulatory requirements. Before any waste can be received, the waste must be assessed and classified. It is recommended that assistance and advice on requirements be obtained from EMRC's waste services environment team (Reception (08) 9424 2222), with additional information also available in the supplementary notes below. A Red Hill waste application can be obtained from the waste services environmental team and must be returned to EMRC completed and signed for the waste application to be processed.
Classification of contaminated waste is required to determine acceptability and appropriate disposal arrangements. Waste classification depends on the characteristics of the waste, including chemical analysis information. The information should include testing results by a NATA certified laboratory from a certain number of samples based on the volume and state of the waste, and testing for contaminants of potential concern.
Details of NATA approved laboratories can be found at www.nata.com.au or by calling NATA on 1800 621 666.
Once a waste services environmental officer has determined a waste classification and whether the waste can be accepted, a waste acceptance approval will be issued. Approvals are valid for a one month disposal period only (re-issues incur an additional administration fee).
A time for disposal within this period must be booked at least 24 hours prior with the Red Hill Administration Manager (Ph: (08) 9574 6235). The approval document also needs to be submitted to the weighbridge attendant on arrival at the Red Hill Waste Management Facility for each load covered under that approval.
If a waste is classified as a controlled waste (including all class IV wastes), transportation of the waste to site must be by a DER licensed controlled waste carrier. A list of licensed controlled waste carriers can be found on the controlled waste tracking system (CWTS) on the DER website.
A controlled waste tracking form must also be presented to the weighbridge officer upon arrival at site. Waste that arrives at site without a waste acceptance approval, or controlled waste tracking form (not required for class 3 waste) cannot be accepted.
Please note that the class IV cell may not be operational during and after winter.
The transport and inappropriate disposal of contaminated waste may render the transporter liable to significant fines by the DER.