By treating contaminated soil, the centre will divert material from landfill and reduce extraction of virgin materials used for restoring land. And as the waste soil is recycled contractors are not liable to landfill tax.
The Soil Hospital operates on a two-hectare treatment pad and treats non-hazardous and hazardous contaminated soils. It has a capacity to process 200,000 tonnes per year, and it will help reduce the transport of contaminated soil from Scotland to hazardous landfill sites in England.
Shanks plans to develop more Soil Hospitals in strategic locations throughout the UK.
Soil solutions area manager for Scotland Chris Prentice said: The system works in three steps. The contaminated soil is transported from the site to a special treatment centre.