Environment & Sustainability

Environmental management and sustainability lie at the heart of what we do.   Soilfix prides itself on having an exemplary environmental record with no prosecutions or enforcement actions in over 10 years of trading.

Accredited to BS EN ISO14001, Soilfix is committed to providing its clients with the most sustainable use of materials generated on the site. Measures frequently include:

  • • Crushing of concrete, brick and tarmac to form engineered fill;
  • • Reuse of sub-grade granular materials;
  • • Enhancement of the geotechnical properties of existing materials;
  • • Manufacture of topsoil and subsoil from contaminated strata;
  • • Composting of green waste; and,
  • • Off-site recycling of metalwork.

These operations decrease traffic movements, carbon emissions and overall build costs.  In doing so Soilfix makes a significant contribution towards a client’s sustainability goals and contribute towards project specific BREEAM criteria.

To ensure clients are fully compliant with environmental permitting regulations during remediation projects, Soilfix holds a bespoke multi-site Environmental Permit (EPR/RP3795FC) covering a wide range of ex-situ / in-situ remediation technologies.  Our permit is technically managed by five full-time WAMITAB Certificate of Technical Competence (CoTC) holders to manage and audit its remediation activities to the satisfaction of the Environment Agency.

Soilfix routinely implements environmental best practice during its remediation operations and is continually developing new approaches to effectively manage emissions without hindering the remediation process or programme.  These include:

  • • Engineered containment for storage / handling of contaminated soils and water;
  • • Monitoring of fugitive emissions including dusts / fibres, odours, noise & vibration; and,
  • • Control of fugitive emissions through use of odour / dust suppressant systems, off-gas treatment, covering stockpiles, noise abatement measures, anti-vibration controls; and,
  • • Containment measures to prevent contamination of adjacent watercourses including booms, berms & temporary barriers.

Soilfix was one of the leading advocates and supporters of the Sustainable Remediation Forum SuRF.  Sustainable remediation is defined by SuRF-UK (2010) as “the practice of demonstrating, in terms of environmental, economic and social indicators, that the benefit of undertaking remediation is greater than its impact and that the optimum remediation solution is selected through the use of a balanced decision-making process”. 

Soilfix regularly carries out Tiered SuRF Assessments to support the decision making process to determine the most sustainable remedial tiered option to meet the project objectives.