Waste reporting definitions

Waste classifications

Waste type

Code

Waste type description, examples and exclusions

Aggregate, road base or ballast

AGG

Rock and/gravel material such as asphalt, road base, railway ballast or processed sandstone.

 

Exclusions: Crushed concrete

Aluminium (non-ferrous)

AL

Aluminium frames, aluminium cans.

Asbestos (N220)

ASB

Asbestos means the fibrous form of those mineral silicates that belong to the serpentine or amphibole groups of rock-forming minerals including; actinolite, amosite (brown asbestos), anthophyllite, chrysotile (white asbestos), crocidolite (blue asbestos) and tremolite and includes any items made from or containing asbestos such as sheeting, roofing, lagging or pipes.

Exclusions: asbestos contaminated soil

Asbestos contaminated soil

ASBSOIL

Soil that is contaminated with asbestos waste and that consists predominantly of soil.

Ashes

ASH

Ash from any incinerator or fly ash or bottom ash

Asphalt

ASPH

Asphalt and other bituminous waste arising from activities such as road construction and waterproofing works.

Batteries

BATT

Batteries separated from electronic devices and vehicle batteries.

Bricks or concrete

BC

Bricks, mortar or concrete including bricks with mortar and concrete containing steel reinforcing.

 

Exclusions: Fibre cement

Biosolids or manures

BIO

Biosolids - the organic product that results from sewage treatment processes (sometimes referred to as sewage sludge).
Manure - any mixture of manure and biodegradable animal bedding (such as straw).

Ceramics, tiles, pottery

CER

Terracotta roof tiles, pottery, porcelain products.

 

Exclusions: Bricks and concrete

Commingled recyclables

COMM

Recyclable wastes such as plastic, glass and paper, that have been collected for recycling.

Composts or mulches

COMP

Organic material that has been composted, chipped or shredded.

Contaminated soil

CONT

Soil that is contaminated and not suitable for reuse.

 

Exclusions: Soil contaminated with asbestos

Dredging spoil

DSP

Spoil from dredging activities. Dredging is defined as the excavation of natural material to provide and/or increase the dimensions of a waterway, or ensure that existing channels, berths or harbour works areas are maintained at their design specifications.

E-waste

EWASTE

Electrical goods, televisions, computers, toasters, radios, iPod, Gameboys, stereos, speakers, VCRs, DVD players, power tools.

Ferrous (iron or steel)

FE

Steel cans, scrap steel, car bodies, steel reinforcing.

 

Exclusions: Gas bottles

Food or kitchen

FOOD

Food waste from manufacture, preparation, sale or consumption of food.

 

Exclusions: Agricultural waste

Glass

GLASS

Glass such as windows, bottles, plate glass, glass fines.

 

Exclusions: Perspex, fluorescent tubes and light bulbs

Mattresses

MATT

Mattresses

Mixed waste

MIX

Mixed waste is any waste that contains more than one of the Waste Types. Composite products such as light bulbs, plastic coated timber, mixed waste from commercial or industrial activities.

 

Exclusions: Commingled recyclables

Mixed waste organic outputs MWOO

Substance that consists only of pasteurised and biologically stabilised organic outputs produced from the mechanical biological treatment of general solid waste (putrescible) (within the meaning of Schedule 1 to the Act), and complies with any other requirements specified by the EPA by notice published in the Gazette Notice 114, 2 November 2018 for the purposes of this clause.

Non-ferrous (metals, not iron steel or aluminium)

NFE

Lead, copper, brass.

 

Exclusions: Aluminium and steel

Oil

OIL

Engine oils, vegetable oils, cooking oil.

Paper or cardboard

PAPER

Paper and cardboard.

Plasterboard

PB

Gypsum based construction sheeting.

 

Exclusions: Fibre cement, MDF, Masonite, villa board, chipboard and asbestos

Pharmacy or clinical

PHARM

Clinical and related waste as defined under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.

Plastic

PL

Perspex, PVC piping, AstroTurf, polystyrene, plastic weed mat, pool liners, polypropylene, extruded plastic, plastic crates.

Potential Acid Sulphate Soils

PASS

Soils that contain iron sulfides or sulfidic materials that have not been exposed to air and thus are not oxidised.

Problem waste

PROB

Paint (dry or wet), chemicals, fluorescent tubes, Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs), household chemicals, gas bottles, oil filters.

Residues or rejects

RES

Residues from industrial or manufacturing processes such as wool wash, drilling mud, pond waste, slag, filter cake, fibre cement, cell scale.

 

Exclusions: Fly ash or bottom ash

Shredder floc

FLOC

Waste residue generated directly from the shredding of scrap metal (at a waste facility specified by the EPA by notice published in the Gazette).

Soil (not contaminated or VENM)

SOIL

Clay, sand or topsoil.

 

Exclusions: Contaminated soil, and VENM

Textiles, rags

TEXT

Synthetic or natural woven material such as rags, fibreglass insulation, carpet, underlay.

Tyres

TYRE

Whole, shredded or dewalled tyres.

Vegetation or garden

VEG

Soft vegetation/garden waste such as grass clippings, small prunings, seaweed, leaves, non-woody weeds, non-woody agricultural waste.

 

Exclusions: Food, compost, mulches, wood, sawdust, timber, trees and tree stumps

Virgin excavated natural material

VENM

Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM) that is not mixed with any other waste (clay, gravel, sand, soil and rock) and that (a) has been excavated from areas that are not contaminated, as the result of industrial, commercial, mining or agricultural activities, with manufactured chemicals and does not contain sulphidic ores or soils, or (b) consists of excavated natural materials that meet such criteria as may be approved by the EPA.

Veterinary waste

VET

Dead animals and animal parts or any mixture of dead animals and animal parts.

Wood, trees or timber

WOOD

Trees or tree stumps, raw, treated or painted timber, sawdust, wooden crates, wooden packaging, wooden pallets, wood shavings, MDF, chipboard, particle board and Masonite.

 

Exclusions: Plastic coated timbers

 

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