July 2023

Welcome to our July 2023 newsletter. This month we have news about:

  • Soil Recovery Facilities for Ireland coming to HazWasteOnline
  • Technical support – Combining multiple .hwol files to be classified within one job
Soil recovery facilities for soil & stone wastes in Ireland  Overview
We have started to work on adding the feature to assess soil and stone wastes for Soil Recovery facilities (SRF) in Ireland. Soil recovery facilities may accept soil and stone wastes from verified greenfield sites or non-greenfield soil & stones which meets specific waste acceptance criteria.
SRF’s are permitted to only accept uncontaminated soil & stone, this would be waste coming under the list of waste code 17 05 04 (some SRF’s may accept ‘municipial waste soil & stone’ –  list of waste code 20 02 02).  What is the waste acceptance criteria for SRF’s? 
If the waste is greenfield soil & stone, a letter of suitability should be obtained which can be found in Appendix 1 in ‘Guidance on waste acceptance criteria at authorised soil recovery facilities’. No testing is required for this soil type.

If the waste is non-greenfield soil & stone, the waste must meet the criteria set out in Table 3.3 in the ‘Guidance on waste acceptance criteria at authorised soil recovery facilities’. Here the thresholds for the metals are based on geochemical domains throughout Ireland. Below is Figure 1, an exert from the guidance which has mapped the domains.

As we begin to develop this feature in the software, please feel free to contact us directly to discuss its integration into the software. This feature will only be available to customers with a license in Republic of Ireland and within the Profesisonal & Packages edition. The full guidance document can be downloaded from EPA.ie here.

Combining.hwol file data into one job

We have frequently been asked about a specific support problem whereby labs issue multiple .hwol files where the data is intented for a single job/classification. There are two methods to complete this;

1.) Create a text file with the extension ‘.batch’ 
2.) Process each .hwol file individually and add the data from each file into your specific job 

Method 1: Merging .hwol files into .batch files

To combine individual .hwol files into a single .batch file to be processed and imported, please follow these steps:

  • Upload all your .hwol files to your HazWasteOnline account
  • Open notepad or a similiar text document on your computer
  • Copy the full .hwol file names into the text document and save it, ending the file name with ‘.batch’
  • Upload this .batch file to HazWasteOnline
  • Process and import this file like any other to finish!


Method 2: Adding .hwol file data to an existing job

To add the data from each individual.hwol file one by one into an existing job, please follow these steps:

  • Upload, process and import your first .hwol file as normal
  • upload your next .hwol file and apply your rulebook to fix the outstanding issues
  • Add a further rule by clicking ‘Select waste stream template or job’ from the ‘Add rule’ dropdown list
  • Change this to choose a ‘job’ and choose the job name of your previously created job through the first .hwol file
  • Click the ‘Add to job’ button
  • Repeat this process for however many .hwol files you have for your job!

Pros & Cons

Method 1:
– The most time efficient way if you have many multiples of .hwol files to import into a single job.
– It is common for windows to ‘hide file extension names’ meaning without disabling this setting on your PC it prevents you from ending your saved file name as’.batch’ so it won’t successfully upload to HazWasteOnline.
– This method cannot allow .hwol file data from different labs to be merged together for processing

Method 2:
– enables users to easily add data to existing jobs which, especially useful for compliance/monitoring jobs
– Whilst not reccomended, .hwol file from differing labs can be added to the same job
– Much more time consuming than method 1 if you have many multiple .hwol files intended for a single job 

We have YouTube videos which demonstrate these methods and addresses the aforementioned problems, to view these please follow the YouTube link at the bottom of the newsletter to find these.

We would also like to obtain further feedback on you the customers quality of service. As we continue to grow and develop the software we would encourage you to get in contact via email or telephone to discuss any features you would like to see in the software that would benefit the work you undertake. Please feel free to contact us even if the addition you have in mind is a small one!