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Emma Small, associate, Geo-environmental in M-EC Milton Keynes, has recently been approved as a Qualified Person for the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice (DoW CoP).

With 14 years’ experience within the industry and a Chartered Geologist, as well as a Registered Ground Engineering Professional, Emma has the necessary active status for DoW CoP project declaration sign-off. Individuals acting in this role ensure that best practice is consistently and demonstrably applied.

To become a Qualified person, Emma attended the Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice training course and was able to demonstrate her knowledge and experience in order to be suitable for the sign off of projects.

The DoW CoP (launched in September 2008) has significantly increased the sustainability of land remediation and development projects. It has become a common approach for the management of excavated materials on development sites. The DoW CoP enables the direct transfer and reuse of clean naturally occurring soil materials between sites. It supports the establishment and operation of fixed soil treatment facilities and it enables the reuse of both contaminated and uncontaminated materials on their site of origin, and between sites within defined Cluster projects.

CL:AIRE is committed to providing a valuable service for all those involved in sustainable land reuse. It develops training resources, disseminates information and acts as a credible resource for all stakeholders, ensuring it remain at the cutting-edge of best practice and innovation.

The Department of Waste Code of Practice sets out good practice for the development industry to use when assessing whether excavated materials are classified as waste or not. It also allows the determination, on a site specific basis, when treated excavated waste can cease to be waste for a particular use. It describes an auditable system to demonstrate that this Code of Practice has been adhered to. If materials are dealt with in accordance with this Code of Practice the Environment Agency (EA) considers that those materials are unlikely to be waste if they are used for the purpose of land development. This may be because the materials were never discarded in the first place, or because they have been submitted to a recovery operation which has been completed successfully so that they have ceased to be waste. By using the Code of Practice, developers can benefit from lower development costs (especially when compared with traditional landfilling of materials), lower transport costs, reduced need for importation of other materials, less expensive than working under and formally surrendering an Environmental Permit, provides a clear, consistent and systematic approach, quicker process and less complex than the waste legislation.

Read more about CL:AIRE here.


Emma Small, associate, Geo-environmental, M-EC

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