Testing will be undertaken on waste material being dug up from the former Stockton Tip before it’s taken to the Summerhill Waste Management Centre.

Large swell exposed the former Newcastle Council landfill site a few months ago.

Excavators will be used this week to dig up about 3,500 cubic metres of waste near Corroba Oval.

Water Minister, Melinda Pavey says the waste will be temporarily stockpiled on an adjacent Hunter Water site for the next couple of weeks, covered with geo-fabric and dampened with water to prevent dust emissions.

She says quantity surveying will then be done before the stockpile is permanently transferred to the Summerhill Centre.

Work is under way to clean up the former Stockton Tip site this week Picture: