A former steelworks at Ebbw Vale, South Wales will be the first large scale site to test quality compost under the Waste & Resources Action Programmes (WRAP) trailblazer programme.
The site owned by Welsh Assembly Government and the Blaenau-Gwent County Borough Council will be developed as a new suburb of Ebbw Vale town. But before this, extensive soil remediation is needed to make the site suitable.
Environmental consultants ExCal will lead trials investigating the financial and environmental benefits of specifying quality compost.
ExCal environmental project consultant Jonathan Hughes said: This new trial with WRAP will enable us to compare the remediation efficiency of using quality compost against shredded green waste and immature compost. The high nutrient and moisture content of BSI PAS 100 compost creates ideal conditions for bioremediation, so it will be interesting to see the results of the trials.