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Implementing the DoW CoP Outside England and Wales

If you're working on a project outside of England and Wales and are interested in using the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoW CoP), this page is here to help.

The DoW CoP is a leading international framework for managing and reusing excess soil materials. However, its principles and procedures were developed for use in the regulatory framework of England and Wales based on the EU Waste Framework Directive. Projects outside this jurisdiction may need to adapt or seek approval to use the DoW CoP, depending on additional local regulations and good practices. CL:AIRE has put together this DoW CoP EU & International page that outlines the steps to take and provides additional resources for effectively implementing the DoW CoP in different regions.

To submit a DoW CoP International Declaration, which we have termed a Construction Soil Passport Declaration, for your project, please contact our team using the form below. It is strongly recommend to seek guidance from CL:AIRE's team of technical experts to ensure your project is fully compliant with local regulations. The team is available to support discussions with regulators to ensure they have confidence in the approach being applied and to help you achieve the benefits of improved efficiency, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact through the effective implementation of the DoW CoP.

The proposed step-by-step process for EU & International Projects is as follows –

  1. You need to review the DoW CoP guidance documents to ensure that they are applicable in the country where the project is taking place.
  2. If the guidance documents are not applicable or require adjustment, work with the Qualified Person (QP) and CL:AIRE to determine equivalent procedures.
  3. Contact CL:AIRE to inform them of your intention to use the DoW CoP on your EU or international project and obtain permission from the relevant regulatory authority in the project location. Note unlike in England & Wales, all EU and other international projects may only proceed with the explicit approval of the relevant regulatory authority.
  4. Appoint a QP with appropriate knowledge and experience in the project location.
  5. The QP should review and approve the Materials Management Plan (MMP) before work begins. At this point they should submit a Construction Soil Passport Declaration via the CL:AIRE portal.
  6. During the project, the QP should monitor the implementation of the MMP.
  7. Once the project is complete, the QP should complete the Verification Report and submit it to CL:AIRE for review and acceptance.
  8. Once submitted the Soil Passport Declaration is updated to show the soil reuse is complete.
  9. Ensure that all data are entered into the CL:AIRE database for future reference.
  10. Optionally, capture project success in a case study with CL:AIRE.

It's important to note that for international projects, it is necessary to assess equivalence with the guidance documents under the DoW CoP to ensure that they are applicable and suitable for the project location. This may require discussion and review with CL:AIRE and the QP.

Please book a consultation with a member of CL:AIRE's technical team to discuss your potential project. You will need to be registered on the website in order to see the consultation contact form below.