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Deploying waste to land: SR2010 No 04 & No 05

Brief: Deployments allow permitted operators to store waste products and spread them to land, reducing the need for artificial fertilisers. Waste materials such as compost, digestate and leachate can provide agricultural or ecological benefit to the land due to properties such as high nutrient levels and organic matter content. WRM have supported a wide range of farmers and waste operators with their  deployment applications. This includes deployments associated with Standard Rules (2010) No 04 and No 05. This case study provides an example of each.

SR (2010) No 4 - SUEZ Recycling & Recovery UK Ltd.

WRM have processed deployment applications for several farms owned by SUEZ for  wastes such as leachate and off specification compost to be used as replacement fertilisers.

WRM calculate the correct quantity of waste to be stored and spread based on interpretation of soil analysis, waste analysis, cropping regimes and livestock densities.  WRM also conduct a desk based assessment of the surrounding area and develop corresponding spreading risk maps which identify buffer zones. A recent submission for the application of compost leachate required a Site Specific Risk Assessment due the sites close proximity to a SSSI and priority habitats. This detailed risk control measures associated with surface water, soil damage, odour, dust, noise, groundwater, human health and sensitive receptors.

“We have used WRM for landspreading deployment applications for a number of years across several of our sites in the Midlands area. We have always found them to be prompt and professional in their work for us and we are very happy with the service they have provided.” - Richard Lynas, Operations Manager at Suez

SR (2010) No 5 - Pickford Contracting Ltd.

WRM have also completed successful deployment applications on behalf of Pickford Contracting for spreading waste to an old quarry to confer ecological benefit. The application provides a soil profile, enabling a regime of grass and tree planting.

The benefit statement supporting the application outlined the ecological benefits resulting from the application of 10 waste streams and the proposed planting regime. For example, high levels of organic matter and low bulk density of the waste enables the development of a suitable soil structure. WRM calculated the appropriate volume of material to be spread in order to provide suitable levels of primary and secondary nutrients to establish and sustain plant growth. WRM also recommended plant species most appropriate for the restoration of the land. Such species were persistent and reasonably tolerant to drought and high/low levels of soil pH.

Due to the potentially odorous properties of the materials, there was risk of nuisance during transportation and spreading of the waste. The application therefore required the submission of a site specific odour management plan which outlined the risk to sensitive receptors, control measures, monitoring procedures and community engagement.

Future Work: WRM continue their on-going relationship with SUEZ and Pickford Contracting Ltd, renewing multiple deployment applications year on year.  For more information about our deployment services please contact Peter Upham (peter.upham@wrm-ltd.co.uk). WRM employees are FACTs qualified and have a thorough understanding of agronomy and RB209.


Related case studies:

Anaerobic Digestion Permitting Support

PAS 100 Compost Certification

PAS 110 Digestate Certification

Related blog posts:

Deployments: Insights & Improvements

PAS 100 Compost & PAS 110 Digestate Benefits for Soils

NVZ Designations 2017 - 2020






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