Hazardous Waste

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Veolia’s highly trained and experienced team provide integrated hazardous and contaminated waste identification, collection, treatment and regulatory-approved disposal services for a range of commercial industries and waste types including liquid waste, clinical/medical waste and e-waste.

What is Hazardous Waste?

Hazardous waste is defined as waste material that is dangerous or potentially harmful to our public health or the environment. While in their simplest forms they are liquids, solids, gases, or a sludge, we also think of hazardous waste in terms of its originating waste stream: liquid waste, clinical/medical waste and e-waste.

Hazardous Waste Streams

Different building sites will generate different waste streams, with many sites needing to dispose of hazardous chemicals and liquid wastes. From paints and cyanide waste materials to grease traps and caustic sludges, our highly trained and experienced team can help in the initial identification of hazardous substances, through to their safe collection, treatment and correct disposal at one of our licensed liquid waste treatment facilities, all of which adhere to strict EPA guidelines.

At Veolia we have the capability and capacity to remove smaller liquid waste quantities, as well as drum and container collection through to large tanker quantities, capable of carrying 39 000 litres of hazardous waste. All of our waste collection services are available 24hrs a day, with quick response times including emergency response.

Our fleet of hazardous waste collection vehicles cover the entire spectrum of liquid and contaminated waste:

  • Oily Waste
  • Grease trap waste
  • Organic sludges
  • Hydrocarbon based waste
  • Phenol contaminated water acids
  • Alkalines
  • Paints
  • Cyanide waste
  • Acid sulphate soils
  • Dyes
  • Latex
  • Paper pulp
  • Bitumens
  • Photographic processing effluent
  • PAH impacted soils
  • Resins, inks
  • Adhesives
  • Wash waters
  • Hazardous liquid spills
  • Detergents
  • Acids
  • Caustic & caustic sludges
  • Chromium & chrome
  • Laboratory materials
  • Non chlorinated solvents
  • chemicals

Speak to a member of our team about organising a liquid waste collection service for your business.

Drum and Container Collection

At Veolia we also provide a drum and container collection service for commercial clients who have small quantities of hazardous liquid waste or where storage capacity is problematic. On request, as part of this service, we also offer:

  • 24hr collection service
  • Replacement containers and drums provided
  • Regular or on-call collections available
  • Waste tracking and certificate of disposal available
  • Drum cleaning for reuse (triple cleaning)

Speak to a member of our team about our drum and container collection service.

Complying with each state’s stringent EPA requirements, Veolia provides a safe, professional, efficient and comprehensive clinical and medical waste collection, treatment and disposal service for a range of commercial sites including: doctor's surgeries, veterinaries, dental surgeries, laboratories, food processing plants and hospitals.

No two clinical facilities are the same, and we offer a range of specialised clinical, cytotoxic and sharps waste containers that are both puncture and tamper resistant and fully compliant with EPA requirements, to suit your individual facility needs. You also have the flexibility to organise waste collection at a time that suits you - daily, weekly, monthly or on an on-call basis

As part of this service, we also offer

  • Automated waste tracking systems (hand-held scanners)
  • Waste stream assessments
  • Educational material (state based as required)

Speak to a member of our team about organising a clinical waste collection service for your business.

Our e-waste collection and recycling service is a simple, effective and proven way to achieve high recycling rates for disused IT equipment whilst simultaneously giving your organisation the chance to enhance its environmental image and have peace of mind that your e-waste is being handled in an environmentally responsible manner.

What is E-Waste?

Electronic waste or e-waste is discarded, surplus, obsolete, or broken electrical or electronic devices. Often these devices contain hazardous substances such as lead and mercury, that when disposed of within landfills have the potential to leach into the surrounding environment.

Depending on the quantity and location of your e-waste, Veolia can provide a range of collection options to cater for your individual requirements. Items and materials we accept as e-waste include:

  • Computers
  • Cables
  • Mobile phones
  • Monitors
  • Scanners
  • Faxes
  • Video/DVD players

Speak to a member of our team about organising an e-waste collection service for your business.

What Do we Do With E-Waste?

Veolia entered into an alliance with Sims Group Limited, a leading recycling company, to establish Australia's first comprehensive electronic equipment (WEEE Program) otherwise known as E-waste, recycling network. All collected e-waste from across the country is sent onto to one of our licensed e-waste recycling facilities located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, where it is manually dismantled and sorted, with the raw materials being used to produce new products.

What is Thermal Desorption?

Thermal desorption is an advanced treatment for contaminated soil and prescribed industrial waste streams. This process utilises heat to increase the volatility of contaminants so that they can be separated from waste materials such as soil, sludge of filter cake. The volatised contaminants are then either collected or thermally destroyed. 

Primary Benefits 

The primary benefits of this environmental remediation technology include: 

  • Reducing waste to landfill to deliver better environmental outcomes
  • Protecting human health and the environment reducing the concentrations of TRPH, PAH and BTEX in soil
  • Meeting stringent environmental requirements set by Environmental Protection Authorities 

Protecting the Environment and Society 

Veolia, with the support of the Victorian EPA, have installed an advanced Indirect Thermal Desorption Unit (ITD) at its Brooklyn facility to treat a variety of prescribed industrial waste streams and contaminated soils. This process is comprehensive and will process a variety of waste streams such as the removal and recovery for reuse of:

  • Hydrocarbons from soils / sludge/ filter cakes and other solid wastes
  • Waste containing Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH’s) from soils and sludge (the most common contaminant in inner Melbourne industrial sites that require re-development)
  • Organic contaminants in prescribed industrial waste and contaminated soils
  • Mercury waste in prescribed industrial waste and contaminated soils

Thermal Desorption Diagram

Read our brochure on Indirect Thermal Desorption for more information or speak to a hazardous waste specialist to see how we can support your business waste streams through ITD.

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Commercial Waste Services

Waste Bins and Containers

Huge Range of Bin Sizes Available. All Waste Types.

Commercial Waste Bins

Waste comes in all sizes, but fortunately, so too do our bins and containers. Whether you are looking to dispose food, paper and cardboard, batteries, construction waste, electronic waste or one of many other streams, we have the bin to suit your needs.


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Commercial Waste - RecyclePak

RecyclePak is Veolia’s innovative, commercial recycling service, providing businesses of all sizes with a flexible waste and recycling solution; designed to not only reduce the amount of reusable materials being sent to landfill, but to help businesses reduce costs by increasing their amount of recycling.

Hazardous Waste Treatment

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Hazardous Waste Treatment

At Veolia we provide a fast, thorough, and legislatively compliant, hazardous and contaminated waste treatment service; right from the initial identification of waste needs, through to collection, treatment and disposal. Our hazardous waste streams include liquid waste, medical/clinical waste and e-waste.

Secure Destruction

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Confidential & Secure Destruction

We have the expertise, experience and capability in the collection and destruction of your secure documents and out-dated products. Our team of specialists will work with you to tailor a solution which meets your internal protocols and guidelines for destruction.

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