When is waste not waste?

Developers and contractors should be aware that it is illegal to re-use soils on site, with a few specific exemptions.

Excavated soils are classified as waste, and should be subject to a Waste Management Licence, or removed from site and disposed of as waste.

Environmental waste

When is waste not waste?

This can place onerous burdens on many development projects.

The Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice, often referred to as the DoWCoP, sets out a method by which soils can be re-classified as non-waste and re-used on site.

The developer is required to produce a Materials Management Plan (MMP) which demonstrates that the materials will not harm the environment or human health, they are suitable for re-use , are certain to be used, and the required quantities are certain.

Qualified Person services and Materials Management Plans

The MMP must be signed off by a Qualified Person, before the materials can be re-used on site.

Hannah Fraser is a Qualified Person and can assist with reviewing and signing off all your MMPs, as well as providing guidance through the DoWCoP process.

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