Our expert soil categorisation testing and soil disposal service can save land developers tens of thousands in soil disposal costs.
We provide an expert soil categorisation testing service for developers requiring soil disposal services. In Victoria, prescribed industrial wastes (including contaminated soils) need to be managed in accordance with EPAs Industrial Waste Resource Guidelines (IWRGs). Frequently, remediation on a site entails the offsite disposal of contaminated soil to a licensed landfill. Prior to acceptance at a landfill, prescribed industrial waste (contaminated soil) needs to be classified as Category A, B or C (with ‘C’ being the lowest hazard category).
The per tonnage rates for treatment/disposal of Category A and B contaminated soil is a critical factor – even on small volumes (these being several times higher than Category C rates).
Because Atma Environmental are experts in application of the IWRGs as they relate to soil disposal classification, we advise you on the best sampling plan to categorise your wastes so your overall disposal costs are kept to the minimum possible.
Bare minimum (Low cost) soil classification plans can often be false economy, especially when there are large volumes of soil involved and soil that could be categorised as Fill or Category C, is categorised as B or A, simply for the want of a knowledgeable environmental consultant who understands how to legally apply sampling plans to your best interests. Atma Environmental ensures your waste is classified to the lowest justifiable disposal category possible and supplies detailed soil categorisation reports to ensure none of your trucks are turned back by the waste disposal facility for insufficient information.
And if your soil is not contaminated, even better, as we can provide you the Clean Fill Certificates (reports) that will allow for offsite disposal other than in a licensed landfill, or to enable its reuse on another site.
Under the provisions of the new Environment Protection Amendment Act 2018, Atma Environmental will be ready in July 2020 to issue soil ‘Declaration of Use Statements’ for soil that is to be reused.
Our soil testing approach has proven time and time again to be invaluable in managing our clients’ commercial interests. That’s because the costs of an ill-conceived sampling program (resulting in a disposal classification higher than otherwise required), is always much more expensive than the extra investigation work required to better assess a body of soil for disposal. That makes it critical that you select a competent environmental consulting firm committed to minimising the ultimate costs of offsite contaminated soil disposal.
Some practical examples of the value of our superior soil testing methodology
Detailed assessment in-situ and segregation – a thorough investigation to classify soil prior to excavation can significantly reduce clean-up costs if there are concentrated areas of contaminated soil identified and separated from clean areas. Thousands of dollars can be saved.
Use of statistics – these can be used to determine average soil contaminant concentrations, which may be less than suggested by following the minimum testing requirement. Again, this can result in significant savings.