for further information on Soil Waste Classification.
Excess soil material on development sites generated during construction activities is often used on site in open space areas, as screening bunds or within recreational areas. If the materials are natural there is generally no need to chemically characterise them, unless ongoing and former site activities suggest a potential contamination source(s). In urban areas anthropogenic sources from combustion processes may result in natural materials, such as topsoil, having their chemical status impaired, demanding some testing.
On many previously developed sites the chemical quality of soils needs to be assessed to determine the impact on end users, construction workers and also controlled waters. Much of this data can be used to determine whether excess soils, if taken offsite, are Hazardous or Non Hazardous. If the excess material is re-used on site this same data can be used as part of the construction of a Remedial Strategy and Materials Management Plan.
Our company is well versed in the characterisation of soils for offsite disposal and as part of Detailed Quantitative Risk Assessments.
A new service has recently been launched whereby we offer a fixed price fee of £350 (excl VAT) for the assessment of soil for offsite disposal purposes in accordance with Environment Agency Guidance "Interpretation of the definition and classification of hazardous waste" (3rd Edition 2013).
The client is requested to provide the information in the form of an EXCEL™ spreadsheet or in paper form. We then provide a comprehensive assessment of the results with clear reasoning behind the individual substance exceedances. This Soil Waste Classification Report is provided to the client within 24hrs of receipt of the information, with an invoice raised upon completion of the work.
Clients that use this service include consultants, landfill operators, contractors and developers.