Demand for further facilities in the southeast to accept contaminated soils and sludges increased after the removal of landfill tax exemptions earlier this year, customers had to find an alternative to paying the costly landfill tax.
Contaminated soils are sent to the Redhill facility for treatment to allow for the recovery and beneficial re-use of the soils. This avoids having to pay £64 per tonne landfill tax.
Biogenie and its strategic partner Biffa opened the Redhill facility in January 2011. The abolition of landfill tax exemptions in April 2012 prompted the doubling in capacity.
Biogenie director Jon Owens said: “We have been working with Biffa for the last eight years and this investment is the latest development in our strategy with Biffa to provide the UK construction market with a network of local soil treatment facilities. Customers want to continue to successfully developing brownfield sites and disposing of wastes and require a simple, cost effective and sustainable alternative to landfill.”
Biogenie is part of Canada’s EnGlobe Corporation and set up in the UK in 2000. It provides facilities for the management of contaminated construction soils and oily sludge for a wide variety of industries such as oil and gas, utility companies, land management companies and house builders.