An arrangement where a soil remediation company has been given a peppercorn lease on land is set to deliver the clean-up of a contaminated site in Wolverhampton by the city council.
Dunton Environmental, which is involved with the design and implementation of ground and water remediation solutions for land restoration, announced today (14 November) that it has been given the go-ahead to operate an asbestos treatment facility for soils at its waste treatment hub being developed at Union Mill Street, Wolverhampton.
The site was given a waste permit by the Environment Agency at the end of October 2017. It is expected that when fully up and running the site will be capable of processing an estimated 200,000 tonnes of material annually, according to the company.
James Hill, group development manager at Dunton, which is based at Perry Barr, said the agreement will also see Dunton “clean up and remediate the land which is the site of a former industrial works.”
He explained that Wolverhampton has a legacy of brownfield issues and the site sits on a canal corridor which the local authority would like to regenerate with housing.
The company’s lease on the site will run until 2020 and possibly beyond with Dunton paying for the remediation work.
At the same time it will operate a soil processing facility to clean up the material and remove asbestos. Mr Hill said: “We believe that we are first business with this sort of permit. We are readying the site now and we are looking to open the gates in December this year.”
The cleaned soil is intended for restoration use while the asmbestos which has been picked out is likely to go to a hazardous waste landfill.
Speaking about the announcement, Dunton CEO Neil Roe said: “We are very pleased to be relaunching our waste treatment operations at Horsley Fields. The partnership with Wolverhampton city council is really ground breaking in delivering a sustainable, low cost remediation solution for the site coupled with providing a great alternative to landfilling in the surrounding region. We are grateful to all the stakeholders for their support and are excited about the future success of this venture and similar ones in the future.”
Also commenting Sarah Middleton, chief executive Black Country Consortium said: “The Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) continuously strives to uplift the region’s land assets for people, place and business. To deliver this strategic ambition the LEP have always worked very closely with innovative businesses looking to develop new and sustainable approaches to land development within the Black Country.”
Ms Middleton added: “The West Midlands Treatment Centre provides a sustainable approach to the treatment of contaminated land, avoiding the costly alternative of sending contaminated soils to landfill. The centre fits closely with the strategic ambitions of the LEP who are looking to deliver the majority of their remaining housing and employment land targets.”