Correct Waste Classification Can Save Money


Trade Skips were approached by a client who provides design and construction services to the water industry worldwide and asked to solve a waste problem they had. The client was not happy with the price they were paying to dispose of the Media waste they were removing from the gravity filters used on a large number of water treatment sites nationwide. The waste was being classified and removed as hazardous waste by the previous broker due to some traces of hazardous metal showing up on an analysis of the waste. Given the volume of this waste this was costing the client a fortune!


Given the environment of which the waste derived Trade Skips suspected that the presence of the hazardous metal was in fact an anomaly. We then proceeded to appoint an independent analysis company to test the waste, this time testing multiple samples of the waste in order to correct any anomalies and gain a more accurate representation of the waste. The result showed that the metals were an irregularity and that the waste was in fact non hazardous, a great result for the client!

However the waste that was classified was still quite a unique one and many landfill sites did not have the necessary licenses to receive the waste. Using our extensive network we found the perfect carriers and tipping sites with all the necessary permits and licenses to ensure our clients duty of care was fulfilled.


Just on one site alone we saved our client an impressive £192,000, the new cost of disposal and testing was just 25% of the original cost to dispose with the previous broker. It goes to show that with just a small investment in the correct analysis and identification of the waste huge savings can potentially be made.

Not only did we save our client money we also ensured they were completely compliant at every stage from handling to disposal. When there are large volumes of waste being disposed of the stakes are high and the fines from the environment agency can be astronomical, that’s why it’s always best to let compliance experts like ourselves handle everything for you.




Contaminated Soil Removal on the Minutes


Our client came to us with a substantial amount of contaminated soil, unsuitable for traditional inert disposal or recycling.

The land was involved in a large redevelopment that imposed strict deadlines for removal, thus presenting a limited time frame to identify the waste, and dispose of it ensuring all compliance and regulations are met.

Due to the large amount of soil one transport company would not be enough to cope with such volumes, particularly in the time frame restrictions presented to us.


Immediately we got to work, appointing an independent waste analysis company to test the waste in order to identify which method of disposal was best and to ensure we remained compliant during the movement and disposal of the waste.

We completed an additional asbestos report and WAC analysis, measuring the leachate in the soil to conclude whether the soil would be suitable for landfill or not. Due to the time constraints we performed a two day turn around, contracting a same day, independent courier to transport the waste samples ensuring instant testing.

Once the waste was approved for landfill, we arranged the excavation and disposal logistics. This took around 18 wagons a day, from a range of 10 different transport companies. Having relationships with high quality reliable firms enables us to bring various companies together quickly to complete jobs on time at short notice, taking this stress off the client’s hands allowing them to continue with their busy schedule of development.


The query was presented to us on a Monday and by the end of the same week 660 tonnes of contaminated soil was removed from site. The client continued with the development, safe in the knowledge that everything had been done according to correct procedure and that they were 100% compliant.

At the end of the project the client was presented with a compliance  pack detailing every waste movement, their duty of care notes and all the necessary permits and licenses for the waste carriers used in the process.


Trade Skips acted fast and efficiently to get the job done and were very helpful with all the compliance involved. Finding the contaminated soil immediately put the project on hold but they got us up and running in no time.

– Harvest Park Developments LTD