Dusty wastes are generated by activities such as sanding, sand blasting, sawing, machining and finishing of wood products.
Dusts are also generated in processes such as food production, construction and demolition, and printing. These dusts can contain particles of wood, chemicals from glues and surface coatings, heavy metals and toxic substances.
Dusty waste is normally collected and contained at the source to protect workers from health hazards such as respiratory disorders and skin or eye irritations. When transporting and disposing of dusty waste, loads must be managed carefully to avoid serious health, safety and public amenity issues.
Will SUEZ accept my dusty wastes?
SUEZ provides services for the safe disposal of dusty wastes. For more information please contact our Customer Service Centre on 13 13 35.
Please visit our locations page to find a public drop-off facility near you or check your local council.
Safe Disposal Guidelines
Please follow these guidelines for disposal of dusty wastes:
- Wet down dusty waste sufficiently to prevent any dust dispersal to the air if disturbed
- Completely seal dusty waste in heavy duty plastic (plastic must be at least 120 microns thick), or heavy duty garbage bags
- Fold the plastic sheeting over the waste and secure it with builders tape or strong duct tape
- Unload dusty waste carefully to avoid airborne dispersal of dust at the waste management centre
When transporting and disposing of dusty waste, loads must be managed carefully to avoid serious health and safety issues.
Because of the potential risks associated with the exposure to these wastes, additional management of these wastes is provided at the site. Greater supervision is applied, and the wastes are compacted by machinery only after they have been covered with a layer of general waste.
Mixed waste loads containing dust are monitored at our transfer stations and landfills. Transfer stations are not designed to manage dusty wastes. If a driver suspects that a load may be dusty, transfer station staff must be notified so that the dust suppression system can be activated. The site manager will notify the transporter if the level of dust is unacceptable so that future loads are treated correctly and redirected to landfill.
If dusty waste in a mixed waste load is identified by our staff as a potential health and safety hazard, the transporter will be asked to contact the generator to implement measures to have the dust component separated and delivered as a special waste to landfill.