Following is a step by step graph highlighting the procedure required to classify soil waste and to determine its proper disposal location. For further information, please refer to our previous posts regarding Soil Contamination and Disposal or, if you require any assistance with waste soil treatment, please do not hesitate to give us a call – 0131 538 8456 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
When you are disposing of soils at a landfill which contain both qualifying and non qualifying materials, tax is due on the whole load at the standard rate £86.10 per tone from April 2017.
Contrary to urban belief there is no percentage figure for non qualifying materials. Whether the amount of non qualifying material is incidental or not the waste must be described on a waste transfer note and other commercial documentation in terms that accord with the terms used in the lower rate order.
That means that “to qualify for the lower rate (£2.70 per tonne as of April 2017) ….. the waste transfer note, which is required to accompany most movements of waste in the UK, must accurately describe the waste so it can be related to the terms used in the Landfill Tax (Qualifying Material) Order 1996.”
So for example when dealing with soils containing Japanese Knotweed – to qualify for the lower rate the bulk of the material would have to be naturally occurring sub-soils (not contaminated soil associated with derelict or previously used land) and described as such and listed under an appropriate European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code. If it is described as “soils containing Japanese Knotweed” and is not supported by any other commercial documentation it cannot qualify for the lower rate.
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An excellent idea, avoid the high costs associated with landfill tax and you may even be able to re-use your soils on site, removing the costs of replacing the materials.
Soil recycling can be approached on-site or off-site, the basics principles are –
On-site- Based on SEPA’s (Scottish Environmental Agency) Land Remediation And Waste Management Guidelines, re-use of contaminated soils may be carried out without a waste management license if the excavated soils fit these 6 criteria.
If those doesn’t apply to your site then these may-
Soil remediation treatments including bioremediation, chemical oxidation etc.. are all carried out to reduce contamination to ‘acceptable’ levels. Whilst this can be carried out to change the waste criteria and facilitating cheaper disposal, this can also be carried out to enable the soils to be re-used on site. A few regulatory hoops will need to be jumped through.
Off-site- Soil treatment centres, of which more and more are springing up around the UK, take soils and treat them to reduce contamination levels. Please note no landfill tax is levied! Soils recycled this way are often re-used by the treatment centre for their own purposes.
If you do have the time for treatment but not the space a temporary treatment centre can be set up. And yes this can be coordinated with several sites so that treatment costs can be shared.
There you have it, with so many options soil recycling may be right for your site. Feel free to ask us any questions below, or contact us directly!
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