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CL:AIRE Code of Practice

With a CL:AIRE Code of Practice Materials Management Plan, waste becomes a valuable resource

The Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments Code of Practice is a method for helping assist soil waste movements within and between different sites. This could possibly include remediation on or off-site at a cluster or other facilities.

It provides a clear, consistent and efficient process which enables the reuse of excavated materials on-site or their movement between sites and supports the sustainable and cost-effective development of land. It can also provide an alternative to Environmental Permits or Waste Exemptions.

The initial work on the Materials Management Plan (MMP) for the soils must be undertaken by the development team as part of CDM and must determine where, how much and of what type the materials comprise, what is to be done with them and how this will be validated and verified on completion. It is therefore vital to have sufficient information to allow this to be undertaken, such as good site-specific investigations undertaken in line with current standards and guidance.

If this plan is agreed by a competent CL:AIRE Qualified Person (QP), then the Environment Agency, as regulator, will also take a more hands off approach to the regulation of that site and not usually require a waste licence, thereby reducing the potential for land blight. QPs are regulated by CL:AIRE and are expected to be independent competent chartered persons with suitable experience of the relevant waste, site investigation and contaminated land regimes, though currently this only applies to England and Wales.

To read more about CL:AIRE Code of Practice, please visit the official website here.