CL:AIRE Reporting & Compliance

CL:AIRE Reporting & Compliance - the Code of Practice (CoP) provides a framework which allows the re-use of excavated materials on-site or their transfer between sites, without being classified as waste. It therefore provides an alternative to the use of Environmental Permits or exemptions.

CL:AIRE Reporting and Compliance

Use of ‘CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice’ to Reduce Costs and Maximise Material Reuse & Recycling.

CL:AIRE Code of Practice (CoP)

The CL:AIRE Code of Practice (CoP) provides a framework which allows the re-use of excavated materials on-site or their transfer between sites, without being classified as waste. It therefore provides an alternative to the use of Environmental Permits or exemptions.

Scenarios Supported by the Code of Practice

  • The direct transfer of clean uncontaminated soil from one development site to another
  • The re-use of both contaminated and uncontaminated excavated materials on their site of origin
  • The establishment of a network of sites within a Hub and Cluster arrangement, between which both contaminated and uncontaminated material can be transferred
  • The operation of fixed soil treatment facilities to produce a non-waste product

For the CoP to be applied, a Materials Management Plan must be produced providing supporting evidence to demonstrate that: the use of material will not pose a risk to human health or the environment; the material is suitable for use; there is certainty of use; and no more material will be used than is actually needed / permitted by planning.

CL:AIRE CoP Benefits

  • Encourages development of brownfield sites
  • Reduces both waste to landfill and the import of quarried material, along with associated transport impacts
  • Can reduce transport distances for materials off site
  • Lower costs than having to apply for an Environmental Permit
  • Faster than applying for an Environmental Permit

Ecofficiency can provide a package of services to enable development sites to comply with the CoP, including:

  • Testing of materials to demonstrate their suitability for use (if contaminated, a further quantitative risk assessment will be required)
  • Coordination of the supporting evidence required
  • Completion of the Materials Management Plan
  • Sign-off by a CL:AIRE Qualified Person
  • Production of the Verification Report at the end of the process
  • Setting up and coordinating a Hub and Cluster arrangement where several concurrent sites can benefit from a shared soil treatment facility

The following site scenarios are explained;

Scenario 1: Reuse of Uncontaminated Material on the Same Site

Not required for naturally occurring excavated materials suitable for reuse without further treatment e.g. cut & fill (not ‘waste’ under the Waste Framework Directive)

Applies to:

  • Made ground
  • Ground-based infrastructure (road base, concrete floors etc.)
  • Source segregated aggregate (e.g. crushed brick / concrete from demolition)
  • Previously stockpiled materials made up of these materials

Evidence required:

  • Materials Management Plan (sections 1-8, 11, 12a, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19-21, 22a, 23, 25, 26)
  • Planning permission / permitted development rights for development
  • Contact details for the contractor(s), local authority and EA / NRW (no need for consultation)
  • Plans showing where the material is arising from and to be used and the quantities
  • Classification testing to prove material is non-hazardous
  • Evidence that the material meets the specification for its intended use
  • Design Statement (qualitative assessment outlining why the materials are considered suitable for reuse)
  • Material Transfer Records

Verification Report:

  • What actually happened (quantities of material excavated & reused)
  • Any changes made to the MMP since the original Declaration
  • Reference to / copies of the MMP & associated evidence
  • Copy of the Qualified Person Declaration
  • Material Transfer records

Note: Do not refer to the material as ‘waste’ in any documents or transfer records; by using the CoP, the material is not classified as waste

Scenario 2: Reuse of Contaminated Material on the Same Site

Applies to:

  • Soils
  • Dredgings
  • Made ground
  • Ground-based infrastructure (road base, concrete floors etc.)
  • Source segregated aggregate (e.g. crushed brick / concrete from demolition)
  • Previously stockpiled materials made up of these materials

Evidence required:

  • Materials Management Plan (sections 1-8, 11, 12a, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19-21, 22, 23, 25, 26; also, if the material is to be treated prior to reuse, sections 9 & 24)
  • Planning permission / permitted development rights for development
  • Contact details for the contractor(s), local authority and EA / NRW
  • Evidence that the local authority and EA / NRW have been consulted and have no objections to the proposals
  • Plans showing where the material is arising from and to be used and the quantities
  • Details of any treatment that the material will undergo and evidence that the relevant Permit has been obtained if required
  • Classification testing showing the contamination levels
  • Evidence that the material meets the specification for its intended use
  • Remediation Strategy (quantitative assessment by competent environmental consultant demonstrating that reuse of the material will not cause harm to human health or the environment)
  • Material Transfer Records

Verification Report:

  • What actually happened (quantities of material excavated, treated (if applicable) and reused)
  • Any changes made to the MMP since the original Declaration
  • Reference to / copies of the MMP & associated evidence
  • Copy of the Qualified Person Declaration
  • Treatment records (if applicable)
  • Material Transfer records

Note: Do not refer to the material as ‘waste’ in any documents or transfer records; by using the CoP, the material is not classified as waste

Scenario 3: Re-useof Clean, Uncontaminated Material on Another Site

Applies to:

  • Soils
  • Dredgings
  • Previously stockpiled naturally occurring excavated materials

Evidence required:

  • Materials Management Plan (sections 1-8, 10, 11, 12a, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19-21, 22a, 23, 25, 26)
  • Planning permission / permitted development rights for development
  • Contact details for the contractor(s), transport company, local authority and EA / NRW (no need for consultation)
  • Plans showing where the material is arising from and to be used and the quantities
  • Classification testing to prove material is non-hazardous
  • Evidence that the material meets the specification for its intended use (chemical / geotechnical, as appropriate)
  • Design Statement (qualitative assessment outlining why the materials are considered suitable for reuse)
  • Material Transfer Records

Verification Report:

  • What actually happened (quantities of material excavated and reused)
  • Any changes made to the MMP since the original Declaration
  • Reference to / copies of the MMP & associated evidence
  • Copy of the Qualified Person Declaration
  • Material Transfer records

Note 1: Do not refer to the material as ‘waste’ in any documents or transfer records; by using the CoP, the material is not classified as waste

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What our customers say

Ecofficiency’s core business value is on delivering more value whilst creating less impact on the environment. This is delivered to the customer by optimising recycling and landfill diversion through sound environmental management and innovation

Senior Buyer - Amco

Ecofficiency were proven to be very efficient throughout the remediation works and adapted swiftly to the constantly changing waste streams presented to them.

Rob Moreu – Director, ASH Remediation

Ecofficiency provided a prompt and reliable service throughout the project and were especially reactive over the blockade period where it was essential service requirements were met. The project’s success was largely due to our contractor’s cooperation and commitment to the project and I would have no hesitation in utilising Ecofficiency’s services on similar projects in the future.

C. Johnson - C Spencer Ltd

Ecofficiencys support was excellent turning around the soil testing very quickly and then organising the removal of contaminated soil the instant the results were known.

Vince Dalton – Contracts Manager, Dakin Contractors Ltd

I would like to confirm that Ecofficiency have been a supplier to The Spencer Group for a number of years. During this time they have supplied good cost effective waste management solutions up and down the country and material supply on the projects I have been involved in. I would not hesitate to recommend the Services of Ecofficiency. Well done and keep up the good work.

Wayne Gammon, Project Manager - C Spencer Ltd

Through effective on-site segregation of our waste within skips and containers, Ecofficiency increased our diversion rates whilst reducing costs. The site waste management plan they generated clearly outlined project targets and achievements from the outset.

Nigel Hatton - Tolent Construction

Ecofficiency provided an excellent service and gave us a cost effective solution for dealing with the waste removal. We were able to get copies of all documentation with little fuss through the EMS and having a site supervisor present throughout the project gave us constant updates with wagon movements and any queries we had whilst the project was ongoing. I hope there will be more projects in the near future where we can work with Ecofficiency.

Richard Spencer, Managing Director - Cordtape