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Biffa centre speeds earth remediation

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A SOIL treatment centre that can help cut the amount of contaminated waste earth generated by the construction industry has opened for business.

Run by waste treatment specialist Biffa in partnership with Canadian company Biogenie, the centre at Risley near Warrington, Cheshire, can turn 50,000 tonnes of contaminated earth back into useable soil each year.

Developed in a bid to help contractors cut the cost of sending contaminated land from brownfield sites to expensive landfill, the first fixed site soil treatment plant in the UK uses naturally occurring micro-organisms to break down contaminants.

John Conway, Biffa remediation manager, said: 'Up to 12,000 cum of material can be treated at any one time. The process is immediate so developers can complete construction projects quickly.'