Using manufactured topsoil for recovery operations

This Regulatory Position Statement sets out the conditions required for manufactured soils to be used without a permit.

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Using manufactured topsoil for recovery operations

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Soils manufactured from waste should be classified and managed as waste.

When these manufactured soils are produced from a specified list of inputs at a site operating with a permit issued by the Environment Agency and the soil meets BS3882:2015, we will not require a permit for the use or deposit of the soil.

You must meet all the criteria set out in this position statement for the permit requirement to be removed.

Published 22 October 2015