FCC Environment and strategic partner Provectus Remediation, a specialist in the treatment of contaminated soils, have announced the launch of a new hazardous soil treatment facility at Rowley Regis in the West Midlands.
The new facility will allow for the treatment of a wide range of contaminated wastes using physico-chemical and biological treatment techniques. The facility is located on a former quarry to facilitate the restoration of a 12 million tonnes (or 6.1m cubic metres) void over a period of approximately 25 years.
The site will have an annual input capacity of 500,000 tonnes and allow for the recovery of a range of hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. This facility will be able to treat contaminated soils and waste from petroleum refining and other oily wastes.
“This is a strategic development for FCC to allow us to recover unused quarry void and restore the site using a sustainable alternative to landfilling that will significantly support the regional construction market.”
Contaminated materials will be sent to the Rowley Regis facility for recovery and beneficial reuse in the quarry void. By using a range of complimentary treatment methods, the site is able to recover and reuse a wide range of contaminated wastes cost effectively and negates the application of landfill tax.
The facility is also able to accept a far wider range of wastes than those permitted to landfill, enabling customers to rely on a robust and cost effective alternative to landfill.
Chris Ellis, operations director, FCC, said: “This is a strategic development for FCC to allow us to recover unused quarry void and restore the site using a sustainable alternative to landfilling that will significantly support the regional construction market.”
Provectus managing director, Steve Langford, said: “We have been working with FCC for some time and this investment is the first development with our partner to provide the UK construction market with a network of local soil treatment facilities.
Clients want to continue developing brownfield sites by disposing of wastes to allow construction to commence. They require a simple, cost effective and long term solution with a partner they can trust.”