The following wastes have been pre-classified as ‘general solid waste (non-putrescible)‘:
- glass, plastic, rubber, plasterboard, ceramics, bricks, concrete or metal
- paper or cardboard
- household waste from municipal clean-up that does not contain food waste
- waste collected by, or on behalf of, local councils from street sweepings
- grit, sediment, litter and gross pollutants collected in, and removed from, stormwater treatment devices and/or stormwater management systems that have been dewatered so that they do not contain free liquids
- grit and screenings from potable water and water reticulation plants that have been dewatered so that they do not contain free liquids
- garden waste
- wood waste
- waste contaminated with lead (including lead paint waste) from residential premises or educational or child care institutions
- containers, previously containing dangerous goods, from which residues have been removed by washing or vacuuming
- drained oil filters (mechanically crushed), rags and oil-absorbent materials that only contain non-volatile petroleum hydrocarbons and do not contain free liquids
- drained motor oil containers that do not contain free liquids
- non-putrescible vegetative waste from agriculture, silviculture or horticulture
- building cavity dust waste removed from residential premises or educational or child care institutions, being waste that is packaged securely to prevent dust emissions and direct contact
• synthetic fibre waste (from materials such as fibreglass, polyesters and other plastics) being waste that is packaged securely to prevent dust emissions, but excluding asbestos waste
- virgin excavated natural material
- building and demolition waste
- asphalt waste (including asphalt resulting from road construction and waterproofing works)
- biosolids categorised as unrestricted use, or restricted use 1, 2 or 3, in accordance with the criteria set out in the Biosolids Guidelines (EPA 2000)
- cured concrete waste from a batch plant
- fully cured and set thermosetting polymers and fibre-reinforcing resins
- fully cured and dried residues of resins, glues, paints, coatings and inks
- any mixture of the wastes referred to above.
In assessing whether waste has been pre-classified as general solid waste (non-putrescible),the following definitions apply:
Building and demolition waste means unsegregated material (other than material containing asbestos waste) that results from:
- the demolition, erection, construction, refurbishment or alteration of buildings other than:
- chemical works, or
- mineral processing works, or
- container reconditioning works, or
- waste treatment facilities, or
- the construction, replacement, repair or alteration of infrastructure development such as roads, tunnels, sewage, water, electricity, telecommunications and airports,
and includes materials such as:
bricks, concrete, paper, plastics, glass and metal, and timber, including unsegregated timber, that may contain timber treated with chemicals such as copper chrome arsenate (CCA), high temperature creosote (HTC), pigmented emulsified creosote (PEC) and light organic solvent preservative (LOSP)
but does not include excavated soil (for example, soil excavated to level off a site prior to construction or to enable foundations to be laid or infrastructure to be constructed).
Garden waste means waste that consists of branches, grass, leaves, plants, loppings, tree trunks, tree stumps and similar materials, and includes any mixture of those materials.
Virgin excavated natural material means natural material (such as clay, gravel, sand, soil or
- that has been excavated or quarried from areas that are not contaminated with manufactured chemicals, or with process residues, as a result of industrial, commercial, mining or agricultural activities, and
- that does not contain sulfidic ores or soils, or any other waste, and includes excavated natural material that meets such criteria for virgin excavated natural material as may be approved from time to time by a notice published in the NSW Government Gazette.
Wood waste means sawdust, timber offcuts, wooden crates, wooden packaging, wooden pallets, wood shavings and similar materials, and includes any mixture of those materials, but does not include wood treated with chemicals such as copper chrome arsenate (CCA), high temperature creosote (HTC), pigmented emulsified creosote (PEC) and light organic solvent preservative (LOSP).
Additional wastes may be classified as general solid waste (non-putrescible) by the EPA from time to time by a notice published in the NSW Government Gazette. All currently gazetted general solid wastes (non-putrescible) are listed on DECCW’s website at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/waste/wastetypes.htm.
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Source: Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water NSW
Waste Classification Guidelines Part 1: Classifying Waste
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