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Recycling wastes to agricultural land is governed by the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010. Under these regulations Silverwoods Waste Management have obtain a Standard Rules Permit for Land Spreading industrial wastes and follow a relatively simple procedure in order to get beneficial waste streams to applied land. This process has been summarised below:

  • An independent waste sample is obtained and subject to a full chemical analysis

  • We are looking to identify an ‘Agricultural Benefit’ which can take the form of a material containing useful quantities of Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potash, Magnesium, Sulphur or it could be a substitute lime so we also sample for Neutralising value and pH.

  • Once an Agricultural Benefit has been established we then source farmers and land owners who would be willing to accept the materials.

  • Following approval from the landowners soil samples are taken to assess current pH status and fertility.

  • The nutrients present in the waste are then tailored (via the application rate) to crop requirement factoring in the soil analysis results. This is done in house as all our staff are FACTS Qualified.

  • A submission is then made to the EA summarising all of the above along with a Pollution Risk Assessment of the land in question. The EA then have 35 days on which to consider the application – after such time, as long as they are happy with the technical content approval is issued and then we can legally commence with the removal of material. All movements have to be completed with a registered waste carrier and a waste transfer note needs to be in place.

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