Brownfield Waste Management &
Re-Use of Materials

Tuesday 23 November: Session Six

There have been concerns raised within the brownfield sector that the current approach to waste management & materials re-use in line with WM3, Quality Protocols and current risk assessment guidance is unsustainable and needs reviewing. However, it is not just about “permits” and regulatory obligations. If sustainability is really to be achieved in brownfield & construction waste management then a fundamental change is needed in the way that soil and other inert materials are viewed and used / re-used on and off-site.  These sessions will explore how a more pragmatic approach could be taken to allow more viable long-term re-use of materials, incorporating materials management planning in development strategies from the outset, and communicating the importance of sustainable practices to clients.

Session Six

Welcome from Environment Analyst
Opening Remarks from the Chair
Keynote Presentation: Waste Minimisation and Re-Use of Materials in Brownfield, Construction and Development
Defra Policy Update
  • Review of the Code of Practice for the Sustainable Use of Soils on Construction Sites

  • Soil Health Action Plan for England


Graeme Duggan, Soil Health Advisor, DEFRA

Detailing Key Legal Considerations to Minimise Your Liability in Waste Management
  • Outlining the current legal and regulatory guidance relating to:

    • waste definition and classification – the consequences of incorrect classification

    • applying waste acceptance criteria (WAC)

    • environmental permitting for waste  

  • Examining the current landfill tax regime in England, Scotland and Wales and the associated risks of non-compliance

  • Examining legal liabilities under the revised Duty of Care and how you can mitigate your risks

  • Identifying the legal barriers to achieving a circular economy and how they can be overcome

Samantha Riggs, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row

Better Understanding the Value and Benefits of Soil to Optimise its Contribution to Biodiversity & Net Zero Goals
  • Exploring the changing views towards soil being a commodity of value rather than a waste: better understanding the microbio benefits of soil  

  • Detailing how soil can contribute to biodiversity and carbon sequestration to achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions -The ReCon Soil Project

Prof Mark Fitzsimons, Professor of Environmental Chemistry, University of Plymouth and Principal Investigator, ReCon Soil Inter-Reg Project

Reusing Soil and Stone Materials between Built and Natural Environments

Martin Ballard,
Group Head of Environment (Risk & Compliance), Willmott Dixon Holdings
Q&A Session
Continue the Questions and Discussion in the Networking Lounge
Session close

Wednesday 24 November: Session Seven

Session Seven

Welcome Back from the Chair
Environmental Permitting Constraints to Landfill Reclamation


This presentation will review the historic permitting regime for landfill sites and changes in the Environment Agency’s position on current permitting requirements, and explore possible ways forward.

Michael Longman, Director, VertaseFLI

Best Practice Guidance for the Management of Surplus Soils
Panel & Audience Discussion: Circular Economy & Sustainable Re-use of Soils in Brownfield Regeneration
  • Exploring the best way forward for achieving circular economy and sustainability goals within current waste regulation and policy frameworks

  • What changes are needed to waste management regulation and the planning & development system to incentivise re-use of soil and waste materials


Chris Berryman, Principal Consultant, Waste & Resources Management, Stantec

Nick Willenbrock, Manager, CL:AIRE

Detailing how Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELFM) can Maximise Recovery of Resources to Off-set the Costs of Site Remediation and Facilitate a Circular Economy Approach 
  • Detailing the current situation regarding landfill mining in the UK and the factors influencing this: 

  • clarifying the Regulatory position

  • examining the technical considerations, e.g. type of landfill, type and age of waste, hazardous waste implications, landfill gas risks, and processing technology

  • in-situ vs ex-situ landfill mining

  • Exploring next steps to realising the full potential of ELFM in managing and re-using waste and reclaiming landfills for development 

Dr Stuart Wagland, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Chemistry and Deputy Director of Research, Centre for Climate and Environmental Protection, Cranfield University

Case Study: Soil from Spoil – Using Sustainable & Recycled Materials to Achieve Optimal Biodiversity & Site Restoration

This presentation will outline the restoration of the former Rossington Colliery, including a site history, the colliery spoil and how  recycled materials were used to successfully transform the site.

4R Group 


This project was the winner of the 2021 Brownfield Award: Best Re-use Of Materials

Session close
Roundtable Discussion Session

These focused, interactive roundtable discussion sessions give you the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to you in a more participative format. Each session will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas. Attendees choose one topic.

A: Effectively Incorporating Biodiversity Net Gain in Local Development Planning
B: Achieving A Circular Economy Approach to Brownfield Redevelopment
C: Overcoming the Challenges faced by Contaminated Land & Environmental Health Officers in their Role in the Planning & Remediation Process: Achieving Improved Engagement & Collaboration

Ann Barker, Lead Officer Contaminated Land, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

D: Business Leader Discussion: Better Aligning Brownfield Development with Sustainability & Net Zero Goals.

This roundtable is invite- only . Please contact if you would like to participate.

E: Optimising Digital Innovation To Achieve Increased Efficiencies in Data Management & Reporting and Facilitate the Planning & Development Process

Dr Petra Lincoln, Hydrogeologist & Digital Lead, Contaminated Land & Hydrogeology, Atkins
F: Improving the Quality of Contaminated Land Reports to Increase Confidence in Risk Assessment & Remediation Proposals & Reduce Uncertainty & Delays

Ian Evans, Technical Director, Wood & Chair of the SiLC Professional & Technical Panel
G: Developing Effective Risk Communication Strategies & Improving Community & Stakeholder Engagement
H: Better Understanding Ground Conditions: Selecting the Most Appropriate Environmental Analysis to Better Identify Site Contamination & Risk  

Claire Stone, Group Quality Director, I2 Analytical
I: Developing Effective Partnerships and Collaborative Working to Optimise Land Value & Deliverability

Bradley Carter, Director, LSL Partners

Session Eight

Discussion Feedback


Each facilitator will feedback the key learning points from their discussion to the audience

Session close