Category Archives: Soil Waste Classification

Meet the Team – Issue 9

Welcome back to another issue of our ‘Meet the Team’ feature, where you can get to know the faces behind the company.

This week, we are sharing our Principal Consultant Andrew’s blog where he discusses his role at Albion and experience as an environmental scientist.

Andrew Howlett

Principal Consultant & Environmental Scientist

Favourite Quote:No amount of money ever bought a second of time” Tony Stark (what can I say I love Marvel!)  

Job Title: Principal Consultant

Job Role: As principal consultant, my key role at Albion is to aid in the management of the consultancy team. Responsible for writing proposals, project management, review and preparation of reports. I work on and manage a broad range of environmental projects but specialise in providing support to construction companies and waste contractors with Duty of Care compliance, WM3 waste classifications, soil reuse and management.

Experience: I started my career in 2007 in the contaminated land sector. I gained experience in the design, supervision and management of ground investigations and assessment of contaminated land sites both in relation to Part IIA and Planning. It became clear to me that soil waste classification, reuse and management of soils was an area that was often not considered within site investigation reports and regularly undertaken incorrectly, and I soon developed a keen interest in this subject. I enjoy the challenge of helping construction companies and waste contractors unpick the information contained within site investigation reports and specifically how they relate to soil waste classification and its management. This normally requires a fresh review of existing data and additional targeted investigation to keep our clients compliant with waste legislation and to help identify sustainable and cost saving waste management solutions.

Favourite project I’ve worked on: Each project always has its own unique requirement, and my enjoyment comes from unpicking existing reports and being able to find solutions for our clients. However, at present I am particularly enjoying the work we are doing with a number of waste contractors to assist them assess, classify and identify possible reuse options for their waste fines. This subject is particularly topical for several of our clients and great to be involved in trying to help them on this issue. 

Get to Know Me: My main loves in life are my family, marvel movies (hence the quote), anything with zombies, being by the sea and gin.  I grew up in London and moved to the West Coast of Scotland in 2006. I have always been drawn to the sea and my first degree was in Marine Biology before taking a slight detour into environmental consulting, waste classification and soil management. If asked what I do my kids will say “Dad does stuff with mud” not sure I would use this on my LinkedIn profile but their description about what I do for a job makes me smile and not sure I can think anything better that’s sums it up in 5 words.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me at the beach walking our dog or paddleboarding. Although if it’s too cold and wet I’ll more than likely be at home spending time with the family, trying to convince my kids to get off their devices, listening to music and watching movies.

Contact me at: or connect on LinkedIn.

Soils, Stones and C&D Fines Webinar

On Tuesday 27th April 2021, Albion Environmental and Davidson Chalmers Stewart hosted their joint webinar on ‘Soils, Stones and C&D Fines’. After more than a year of virtual events, we were delighted with the turnout and would like to say a huge thanks to those who attended and took the time to listen to our presenters and ask important questions.

A special thanks to our speakers Chala McKenna, Senior Solicitor at Davidson Chalmers Stewart and Andrew Howlett, Principal Consultant at Albion Environmental.

For those of you who were unable to attend the event, you can watch the recording on Albion’s Youtube Channel below.

You can also download a copy of the presentation slides here:

Soils, Stones and C&D Fines Recording. Tuesday 27th April 2021

If you have any questions you’d like to ask the panel, please feel free to contact them via email.

Andrew Howlett:

Jane Bond:

Chala McKenna:

Albion’s ABC of Waste Management – N – Non-Hazardous Soil Waste

Albion Environmental provide training and advice to ensure your business is compliant and reduce your waste disposal costs.  Do you produce, manage or handle waste soils? Are you aware of your legal obligations? Find out more and sign up for one of our courses now.

Scotland produces approximately 11.6 million tonnes of controlled waste per annum and approximately 4.3 million tonnes of this is waste soil.

If you produce waste soil, to comply with the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2011 and the Waste Management Licensing (Scotland) Regulations you must:

  • Apply the waste hierarchy to the management of your soil waste
  • Ensure your waste is transferred to someone authorised to receive it
  • Complete a waste transfer note
  • Describe the waste accurately
  • Take measures to ensure that your waste does not cause pollution or harm to human health

While most businesses will have their waste transfer note paperwork, in our experience, many do not fully complete all of the above steps.

Why should you take time to consider this?

  1. Financial Benefits – By ensuring the waste hierarchy has been applied and soils classified correctly you could reduce the volume of waste soil you generate and its associated cost for disposal.
  • Environmental Benefits – You could reduce the volume of material going to landfill, help identify greater opportunities to reuse soils and lower your carbon footprint.
  • Legal Compliance – It is a legal requirement

What Can Albion Do?

Albion can provide those who produce, handle and manage waste soils with a range of services to comply with your Duty of Care Requirements, including:

  • Bespoke training to help your staff understand their Duty of Care Obligations
  • Sampling and assessment of soil waste
  • Soil waste classification in accordance with WM3 Guidance
  • Soil reuse assessments
  • Development of soil management plans

The results of the above will help your business demonstrate it is complaint and can generate significant cost savings.

To find out more or to have an informal chat please contact Andrew Howlett.

Chris Eccles, Environmental Technician Joins the Team

Please join us in welcoming Chris Eccles to the team as an Environmental Technician to support our continued growth.

Chris recently graduated having spent the past 5 years studying environmental civil engineering with a specialty year in geo-environmental engineering. Chris has also gained valuable project management experience whilst interning in California with a construction management company on a large project to redevelop a city college. This experience demonstrated the importance of identifying the needs of the client and effective engagement between client and contractor.

In his role as Environmental Technician Chris will assist our team with waste analysis, environmental monitoring and site investigation work. In addition to his role he will also provide support to senior members of the team in the delivery of consultancy projects.

We look forward to working with Chris and in the development and progression of his role with Albion.

For further information or to get in touch please contact: or T:01292 610428.

Fraser Christie, Environmental Consultant Joins the Team

Please join us in welcoming Fraser Christie to the team as an Environmental Consultant to support our continued growth.

Fraser has environmental experience in the Private, Public and Third Sectors. He has a regulatory background and has carbon reduction and project management experience. Fraser also has international experience, spending eighteen months working abroad for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Victoria before joining Albion.

In his role as Environmental Consultant he will be assisting our team with environmental monitoring, site investigations, licensing and compliance assessments. Fraser is a great addition to our team who will help maintain our high standard of care and delivery to our customers.

For further information or to get in touch please contact: or T:01292 610428.