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New soil-treatment centre for West London


Brett Aggregates increase recycling production with opening of ReclaiM25 facility in Hithermoor

BRETT Aggregates have opened a new soil-treatment facility at their Hithermoor recycling site just off junction 14 of the M25. The ReclaiM25 centre accepts a broad range of hazardous and non-hazardous soil and mineral-based material from construction and industrial sources in and around west London.

‘The new facility will make life a lot easier for contractors moving contaminated soil out of west London construction sites,’ commented Daniel Haw, sales manager for London and the Home Counties at Brett Aggregates. ‘It will eliminate the need for long journeys out of the area to dispose of waste, saving time and costs, plus there is no landfill tax to pay, which will deliver significant savings to our customers.’ 

ReclaiM25 is a collaboration between Brett Aggregates and land-remediation and waste-management specialists Deme Environmental Contractors (DEC) – a subsidiary of the DEME Group, who already operate a number of soil-treatment and recycling centres in Belgium. The new M25 facility is permitted to accept a wide range of materials such as soil and made ground, pile arisings, railway ballast, treatment plant residues, river and lagoon dredgings, and tunnel shaft arisings.

‘The knowledge and expertise brought by the DEC team means that for these types of materials we can guarantee full compliance and traceability, and eliminate environmental liability for our customers,’ said Mr Haw.

DEC project manager Roger Dunn added: ‘The process is based on a sustainable biological treatment that uses natural microorganisms already present in many soils. We are able to treat hydrocarbon-impacted soils containing many contaminants commonly encountered on brownfield sites. These include petrol, diesel, kerosene and a range of oils. In some cases, we can accept material that has failed Waste Acceptance Criteria (WAC) testing for conventional landfill sites.

‘The team works with each client, advising whether material is treatable or not at an early stage, based on standard soil chemistry reports. Any questions are answered and firm quotations provided in a timely manner, so from a customer’s point of view it couldn’t be simpler.’

After treatment, material will be used either as a restoration soil for the recapping of certain parts of the Hithermoor site, or as a non-hazardous feedstock in other recycling activities, some of which will be resold to the construction industry for use in house building and infrastructure projects.

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