Contaminated Land - The Challenge Ahead
Following a visit to the Contamination Expo Series at Excel London earlier this month, it was interesting to listen to a number of respected people in the waste industry express their views on how we deal with the historical contamination legacy in the United Kingdom.
Statistics and Interesting Points
Let’s start with a few interesting points and statistics that we picked up upon;
- Over 325,000 sites containing some form of contamination exist currently in the UK.
- Only 85,000 contaminated sites have been remediated in the UK between 2000 – 2013.
- Planning is the main driver behind land remediation, however, in 2014 a survey of local authorities identified that only 5% (11,000) of over 250,000 sites requiring investigation to check for contamination had been completed by the end of 2013.
Nationial Housing Shortage & Government Initiative
Taking into account the governments initiative to address the national housing shortage and their “brownfield first” development policy it is clear that there’s still a lot of work to do. One of the main issues appears to be the availability of relevant and accurate data to identify contaminated land and deal with it effectively.
WM3 Technical Guidance
WM3 Technical Guidance on the classification and assessment of waste introduced new standards for waste sampling in 2015 and we have adapted our reporting format to meet these requirements.
Ecofficiency provide a full turnkey solution to deal with contaminated land. Our waste classification service is tailored to provide efficient and accurate data and we have a wealth of experience in managing the cost effective removal and treatment of contaminated land off site, avoiding the expensive landfill tax escalator. Our report incorporates a fully documented sampling plan in accordance with the guidance to ensure all the relevant factors have been considered and a sufficient number of samples taken.
A thorough sampling plan will enable more opportunity for segregation of the waste, which is key to managing the waste materials and reducing your costs. In our experience it pays to spend a little more on sampling waste, which is relatively low in comparison to treating or removing contaminated materials. Our approach is that the more test information we have to manage the contaminated ground materials, the greater chance we have to maximise the reuse of good clean ground and minimise the volume of contaminated ground to be dealt with. When you consider hazardous waste (soils) costs at over £100/m3 the savings can be considerable.
Why not speak to one of our contaminated land experts today on 0800 0305051, ask for the EcoEnvironmental Department and realise how we can effectively deal with your contaminated land issues and contaminated soil removal.