The Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF), University of Technology, Sydney prepared for the Department of the Environment
About this report
Contaminated soil wastes reflect a special case in hazardous waste management as site contamination is largely a historical legacy issue and soil waste generally arises a result of construction and development activities. These drivers of the annual are rather different from those for other hazardous waste, which are more directly related to consumption patterns, reflecting current rather than historical activity.
The purpose of this report is to provide a baseline data set and knowledge compilation about contaminated soil wastes in Australia. Using this baseline, the report identifies aspects of soil waste management that may need further investigation and/or represent opportunities for coordinated effort that is most likely to improve environmental, health and safety, as well as economic outcomes. The key findings of this report have informed more recent projects on improving hazardous waste data and infrastructure capabilities.