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Material Management

Under current waste legislation, excavated soil arisings (generated during construction) are considered waste unless it has been demonstrated there is no requirement, or intention to discard, and could remain a waste until it has been shown that it ceases to be such.

Sweco’s material management specialists actively promote and implement the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC and waste hierarchy – prioritising reuse and recycling of these materials over disposal.

Professional waste management

Reusing materials is a more sustainable approach to construction with benefits including improved efficiency and cost effectiveness, diversion of materials landfill, reduction in primary aggregate use, reduction in haulage costs (import/disposal) and associated reduction in the project’s carbon footprint.

In accordance with the waste regulatory framework, an environmental permit, environmental exemption, or management in accordance with the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice may be required to enable reuse of these excavated materials. These documents form effective management tools promoting the reuse and recycling of materials, allowing potential opportunities for cost savings at the project planning stage.

Where disposal is required, Sweco’s specialists are experienced and trained in undertaking detailed and structured waste assessment – including asbestos risk management – prior to commencement or during the works to delineate the three main waste streams (inert, non-hazardous and hazardous waste) and assess disposal routes to identify whether any waste materials would be available for recycling or whether the materials could be sent to an external soil treatment facility as an alternative route to landfilling.

The professional advice Sweco provided on the asbestos management issue was well worth the cost. They guided us through the CL:AIRE/DoWCoP process which led to significant cost savings on the scheme. It was a great opportunity for us to learn more about the handling of asbestos-containing materials and was a real eye opener for potential future opportunities with regards to remediation. They will definitely be my first port of call if I have any similar issues on other projects going forwards.

Anglian Water Services Ltd Elmswell Project


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