Recycled soil contamination is being examined in a proposed Government Soil Strategy, which aims to protect soil as a natural resource.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on the draft Soil Strategy, which aims to support planners and the construction industry to ensure that soils are considered in built developments. It also aims to ensure that soil protection is considered when encouraging the recycling of organic materials such as compost and manures to land.
Minister for Marine, Landscape & Rural Affairs Jonathan Shaw said: Soil is a vital natural resource and the protection of our soils is essential for the future of our ecosystems, for farming and food production, and for reducing our CO2 emissions."
According to Defra, soils also contain huge amounts of carbon and there is some evidence to suggest that carbon levels are declining in some soils, resulting in the release of CO2 into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. One of the key aims of the draft Strategy is to halt the loss of soil carbon.