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.
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.