Off Site Disposal To Landfill
5 May 2009, News release from CMT (Testing) Limited
Scheduled for full implementation during July of this year, the Landfill Directive and Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002, have set the standards for controlling landfill disposal of waste.
These statutes are key instruments in the move to change the way we dispose of waste, reduce the amount of landfill disposal and increase our understanding of associated environmental impacts. The changes and effects are numerous, far reaching and necessarily exacting. There are various situations relating to the handling and disposal of different types of waste and the changes affect practically all of them.
Beyond the statutory instruments, a consequence of such change is the appearance of increasing amounts of documentation in the form of interpretation, guidance, 'factsheets' and similar, issued by DEFRA and the EA, together with inputs and commentaries from other interested bodies. Overall understanding and 'keeping abreast' of particular procedures, aspects and requirements is a time consuming process, however, without working knowledge, the organisation and management of off-site disposal can be at best a 'headache' and at worst a veritable 'minefield'.
As a test-house laboratory/site investigation service, we usually encounter the Landfill Directive/Regulations in connection with the re-development of 'brownfield' sites' and the corresponding requirements for landfill disposal of waste 'soil', initially identified as contaminated by site investigations or otherwise encountered during development.
CMT (Testing) Ltd. consider the provision of added value advice and guidance to be an important and integral part of customer service and support and to this end have produced an extended article for developers, contractors and others involved in such matters, focussing on the philosophy, salient points, overall procedure and associated testing requirements applying to landfill disposal of soil under such circumstances. The article covers:
- Determining whether a 'soil' is hazardous or non-hazardous - procedure and testing:
- Level 1 - full basic characterisation
- The European Waste Catalogue (EWC) and Hazardous Waste Directive
- Waste Acceptance Procedures:
- Landfill classification and Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing
The intention is to provide relevant guidance, clarify procedural and testing requirements and highlight the benefit of 'prior knowledge' to the developer, contractor or others in terms of efficiency in both time and cost. To access the full article please visit our website www.cmtltd.co.uk