Waste Characterisation

Waste characterisation is the understanding of what it is you’re going to be handling and dealing with, when working on decontamination, decommissioning and demolition projects. 

While we focus on industrial and commercial buildings, it’s fair to say that any building can have hazardous materials in it.  D3 Consulting focus on understanding the hazardous materials that are in a building or on an industrial site.  Gathering this information then helps inform the processes, procedures and protective equipment and clothing required on site.

Further information on our approach is available below. If you’d rather discuss your requirements with on of the team, please do call the office on +44 (0)1803 840888.


The waste characterisation process

We research the history of the industry and buildings, write a sampling plan then  take a sample which is sent to an analysis laboratory and from that we deduce whether it’s hazardous or not.  If it is hazardous, we then use risk assessments and we advise the contractors on what they should be wearing and how they should be managing it.

Once the waste has been characterised, we then need to develop a waste management plan, detailing how to remove it, how to package it, how to sentence it and where to dispose of it, all of which is dependent on the type of waste.  

Our waste characterisation work informs the onsite health and safety procedures and the approach to decommissioning. It also informs the waste management approach that is needed for that specific waste or material.

The sectors we help with waste characterisation

Unlike construction, demolition involves working with the unknown. When planning and constructing a building, you are starting from scratch and the material input, architecture and build process is known. With demolition this isn’t the case. There are always unknowns that need to be dealt with, these can include the discovery of hazardous materials like asbestos, the risk of oil contamination or structural fragility. Having worked in demolition since 1989, our team have a wealth of demolition knowledge and a deep understanding of how buildings can react differently during the demolition process. 

When it comes to demolition management, it is also important to consider process. At D3 Consulting, we have a very efficient, effective and transparent process. The approach we take, the systems we implement, even the documents and paperwork we produce have all been used successfully on tens of sites over the last 25 years. As a result we understand the end game before we begin, meaning we don’t have to start from scratch each time, allowing us to save our clients time and money.

Reducing risk and cost over runs through effective waste characterisation

Developing a thorough approach to waste characterisation not only reduces the risk of any safety incidents, but also the risk of time and cost over runs because with good waste characterisation, you’re informing your whole team and the contractors what they should expect, and in doing so, allowing them to plan effectively and avoid any surprises on site. It also allows for cost reductions in separating hazardous wastes from non-hazardous wastes which reduces the disposal costs.


If you'd like to discuss your requirements with on of the team, please do call the office on +44 (0)1803 840888.

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