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Hazardous waste concerns lead to contaminated soil service

By Greg Pitcher

Fears of contaminated soil stockpiles have led Biffa to launch a service recycling the material.

The waste management company is working with Biogenie Site Remediation to treat the waste soil that will have a vastly reduced home in landfill sites next week.

The Government recently admitted only one landfill site had permission to take contaminated soil when the co-disposal of hazardous with non-hazardous waste is banned from July 16.

Biffa estimates that around a million tonnes of such soil is sent to landfill sites every year, so there is a pressing need for an alternative solution.

A Biffa spokesman said: At the moment there is no market for this service as contaminated soil can be landfilled, but from July 16 there will be a huge market.

This is a new service that will initially be able to deal with up to 50,000 tonnes per year, but which we hope will grow to meet demand.

Biffa remediation manager John Conway added: Many firms are increasingly taking the view that social corporate responsibility is more than just a buzz word.

Directing this waste towards bioremediation will not only save money, it will help companies achieve their recycling targets.

Environment Minister Elliot Morley told the Commons last month that the Environment Agency had no centrally stored information on which sites were presently licensed to take contaminated soil.

One merchant landfill site has been granted a permit to take contaminated soil after the implementation of the EU Landfill Directive: at Purton Brickworks, Wiltshire.

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