Virgin Excavated Natural Material (VENM) is defined as natural material (such as clay, gravel, sand, soil and rock fines in the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (POEO Act) and the Protection of the Environment Operations (Waste) Regulation 2014.) This material has been excavated or quarried from areas that are not contaminated with manufactured chemicals or process residues, as a result of industrial, commercial, mining or agriculture activities; and does not contain any sulfidic ores or soils or any other waste. Material can only be classified as VENM if it has been excavated from an area that is not contaminated with other waste materials or by manufactured chemicals.

Where excavated material cannot be classified as VENM, it may be eligible for reuse as Excavated Natural Material (ENM). The ENM exemption allows for the reuse of such disturbed or mildly contaminated materials. Before such materials can be reused the soil must undergo an extensive visual, chemical and physical assessment in accordance with this exemption.

Howard Recycling Services is unable to accept material onsite without a Geotechnical Soil Report classifying the status of the material as either VENM or ENM.


Steps for Receiving VENM/ ENM

• Determine classification via Geotechnical Report (VENM or ENM)

• Forward Geotechnical Report to Howard Recycling Services

• Advise Howard Recycling Services of job Purchase Order

• Commence carting of VENM/ ENM to site