How do I classify this waste?

Waste can be classified according to the risk it poses to the environment and human health.

Waste categories in NSW

Special waste

A class of waste with potential environmental impacts and unique regulatory requirements that requires special handling:

  • clinical waste
  • asbestos waste
  • waste tyres

Liquid waste

Any waste that:

  • has an angle of repose of less than 5 degrees above horizontal, or
  • becomes free-flowing at or below 60 degrees Celsius or when it is transported, or
  • is generally not capable of being picked up by a spade or shovel.

Hazardous waste

  • containers, having previously contained a substance of dangerous goods
  • coal tar or coal tar pitch waste
  • lead-acid or nickel-cadmium batteries
  • lead paint waste

General solid waste (putrescible)

  • food waste and household waste containing putrescible organics
  • waste from litter bins collected by or on behalf of local councils
  • manure and night soil
  • disposable nappies, incontinence pads or sanitary napkins
  • animal waste
  • grit or screenings from sewage treatment systems that have been dewatered

General solid waste (non-putrescible)

  • glass, plastic, rubber, plasterboard, ceramics, bricks, concrete or metal
  • paper or cardboard
  • household waste from municipal clean-up, council street sweepings waste
  • grit, sediment, litter and gross pollutants from water treatment
  • garden or wood waste
  • waste contaminated with lead
  • dangerous goods containers from which residues have been removed
  • drained oil filters, rags and motor oil containers
  • non-putrescible vegetative waste from agriculture, silviculture or horticulture
  • building cavity dust waste

Restricted solid waste

Currently, no wastes have been pre-classified by the EPA as 'restricted solid waste'.

To ascertain which is restricted solid waste, follow the procedures in the waste classification guide. It contains all the steps required to fully evaluate all of the above waste categories.

Find out more about waste classification

Download waste classification guidelines

Find out more about special waste