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

D3 Consulting have worked with clients across offshore, nuclear, industrial, pharmaceutical, defence sites. Waste characterisation is a core part of our offering, clients work with us because, after 25 years, we’ve developed an unrivalled understanding of where you might find hazardous materials, what to look for and then how to sample for them.

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.