Category Archives: CQA

Albions ABC of Waste Management – L Landfill Ban

Under the ban which was set by the Waste (Scotland) Regulations legislation in 2012; no biodegradable municipal waste would be allowed to be sent to landfill sites from January the 1st 2021. This ban applies to a wide range of waste types including the following European Waste Codes (EWC):

  • 20 02 01 – Biodegradable waste
  • 20 03 01 – Bulky waste
  • 20 03 01 – Mixed municipal waste
  • 19 12 10 – Combustible waste (Refuse Derived Fuel – RDF)
  • 15 01 06 – Mixed packaging.

However, there have been concerns raised in relation to local authorities and commercial waste operators in Scotland as they were deemed not to be making adequate preparations for the ban on time. A study commissioned by the Scottish Government published on April 2019 concluded that, based on 2017 figures:

  • 14 LAs, accounting for 55.5% of residual household waste (744k tonnes), have already made the financial investment to ensure solutions are in place before the ban.
  • 3 LAs (7.6% of household waste – 99k tonnes) have long term solutions in place post 2021 but no firm interim solution.
  • 6 LAs (13.3% of household waste – 177k tonnes) have an interim but no long-term solution secured.
  • 9 LAs (23.6% of household waste – 315k tonnes) have no alternative arrangements in place.

For commercial waste operators the report said that they “to do not appear yet to have made adequate preparations for the ban.” Overall, the report concluded that there would be insufficient residual waste treatment capacity in Scotland available to deal with waste generated once the ban is put in place. The extent of this gap will depend on the level of recycling that is achieved.

Highlighting concerns with the potential for Scottish residual waste be sent across the border to be landfilled in England due to the lack of progress of local authorities and commercial operators towards complying with the ban; the Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham has announced on September 2019 that the ban will be pushed back to 2025.

While it is important that companies continue to prepare and develop infrastructure to meet the ban, the work Albion complete on waste compositional analysis for councils demonstrates there is still a lot which can be done to reduce the quantity of waste going for disposal in increase the quantity going for recycling, composting and Anaerobic Digestion. Recent analysis results continue to show –

  • 25-35% of food waste in residual waste
  • 5-15% recyclate in residual waste

Combine these results with only 55% of householders using their food waste system, would suggest there are huge areas of improvement possible.

Albion can provide you with the information you need to start introducing changes to drive consumer behaviour towards using their bins correctly and reducing disposal. We can also provide overall strategy and provide staff training to assist you in making these changes. To find out more or to have an informal chat please contact Jane Bond

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CQA Engineering Work

Albion Environmental Ltd provides CQA Engineering as par of a wide range of services. CQA stands for Construction Quality Assurance. Our staff are highly trained and have years of experience in CQA engineering. We provide a CQA representative on site throughout the works to monitor day to day activities as well as provide a CQA Engineer who is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years experience.
The CQA work provides the assurance and validation for each of the elements of the engineering. We have experience in providing CQA for both the installation of boreholes as well as landfill cell engineering.
In the past 12 months we have undertaken CQA work for the construction of a new landfill cell for Tarbolton Landfill Ltd at their site near Ayr. The key areas for this were the landfill containment cell liner, containment cell leachate drainage and collection system and the connection to the previous landfill cell. The cell was initially lined with 500mm clay followed by a 2.5mm HDPE liner with a protective geotextile fleece. The CQA for the engineering works ensured levels conformed to the design at all stages of construction as well as the quality and consistency of all materials used. Levels of formation and samples of materials were taken daily throughout construction.
We also provided CQA for the capping of Tarbolton Landfill Ltd’s old landfill cells in the pre-PPC Zone 1 area as well as the capping of Phase 3 at Straid Farm Landfill near Girvan. Both these projects are ongoing at present.
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CQA Engineering Work

Albion Environmental Ltd provides CQA Engineering as part of a wide range of services. CQA stands for Construction Quality Assurance. Our staff are highly trained and have years of experience in CQA engineering. We provide a CQA representative on site throughout the works to monitor day to day activities as well as provide a CQA Engineer who is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 15 years experience.
 
The CQA work provides the assurance and validation for each of the elements of the engineering. We have experience in providing CQA for both the installation of boreholes as well as landfill cell engineering.
 
In the past 12 months we have undertaken CQA work for the construction of a new landfill cell for Straid Farms Ltd at their Landfill Site near Girvan. The key areas for this were the landfill containment cell liner, containment cell leachate drainage and collection system and the connection to the previous landfill cell. The cell was initially lined with 500mm clay followed by a GCL Liner System layer and finally a 2.5mm HDPE liner with a protective geotextile fleece. The CQA for the engineering works ensured levels conformed to the design at all stages of construction as well as the quality and consistency of all materials used. Levels of formation and samples of materials were taken daily throughout construction.
 
We also provided CQA for the construction of Tarbolton Landfill Ltd’s new landfill cell at their site near Tarbolton.
Albion Environmental Ltd also undertook the CQA work for Infinis’ new gas collection well installations at Greengairs, Oatslie, Tarbothill and Wester Hatton Landfill Sites. The detailed logs provide specific descriptions of all waste materials removed from the installation at the relevant depths. Again the CQA for the engineering works ensured levels conformed to the design at all stages of construction as well as the quality and consistency of all materials used.
 
Similar works have also been carried out on behalf of WRG at their Greengairs Landfill Site who required CQA on a leachate compliance well re-drill.