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Assessment for the disposal of non-agricultural wastes to agricultural land in England and Wales - SP0108

SP0108. Assessment of disposal of non-agricultural wastes (excluding sewage sludge) to agricultural land in England and Wales.

This study aims to provide MAFF EPD with background information and guidance notes relating to all aspects of the use of agricultural land for the disposal of non-agricultural waste materials. This information is required in support of the implementation of new regulations (the Waste Management Licensing Regulations; supplementing the Environmental Protection Act 1990) governing disposal of wastes to land. Contacts will be made with all relevant authorities within the waste disposal sector, trade organisations and waste disposal contractors. Information gathered from these organisations will be used to provide a balanced view of the attitude of the industry to recycling waste to agricultural land. Literature will be reviewed relating to waste recycling to land in the UK and overseas; this review will be used to assess the importance placed on the use of agricultural land for recycling in England and Wales, compared with other countries. Soil suitability to receive wastes will be examined in relation to soil type, climatic conditions, timeliness of application, crop demand for nutrients and potential risk of run-off and leaching into surface water and aquifers. A simple classification system will be suggested to characterise wastes into specific groups. Lists of wastes which are known to be reycled to land will be provided as well as the potential for the use of new wastes suitable for this purpose. Comparisons will be made between industrial wastes and farm wastes in relation to the Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Water.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1993

To: 1994

Cost: £15,450
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection