Relating to the European Community Waste Management Policy, the Directorate-General Environment sponsored this research on industrial wastes spread on land within the 15 European Union (EU) member states.
The research team of WRc UK, SEDE France and REI Italy, examined a range of wastes and by-products of industrial processes spread on land in agriculture, forestry and land reclamation operations.
The work prepared the 1st survey of practices for landspreading of organic wastes (excluding sewage sludge and compost) across the EU.
The research provided a better understanding of:
- Wastes that were being recycled to land as soil improvers and fertilisers.
- Associated risks of land spreading.
- Actions which would ensure a high level of environmental protection from land spreading.