Organics Recycling Outlets

Water organics recycling

Unlike imported synthetic fertilisers, organic wastes and biosolids originate from a local source, are less expensive, and are often more sustainable.

Sourcing outlets

We manage a variety of land outlets to suit the specific waste type on any given contract. By analysing and matching the specific nutrient values of the waste to suitably sourced local land-banks, we apply best environmental practice.

We source outlets for specific organic waste types, complementing the type and quantity of waste produced. Whilst we are capable of delivering waste to a range of different end-users, our principal outlets are:

Agricultural land

95% of grassland in the UK is deficient in zinc and 81% is deficient in copper. Organic Wastes are a potential source of these trace elements.

Organic wastes contain essential nutrients and trace minerals which, if applied in a responsible and controlled way under the appropriate safeguards, can have positive effects on land used for growing crops and grazing animals.

Agricultural land services

Veolia Water Organics Recycling supply low cost, high nutrient organic fertiliser to conventional agriculture (arable and forage) and non-food crops. Our management service also includes:

  • Management of all processes involved with recycling to land
  • Soil sampling, site assessments and risk analyses
  • Liaising with all stakeholders and regulators
  • Minimising disposal costs
  • Quality Management Systems to meet ISO9001 and 14001 Standards
  • Expertise in dealing with liquid, cake and thermally dried organic waste types
  • Fully compliant and auditable activity. Our SUIVRA Environmental database is used to record and control all organic waste movements and applications, and produces environmental management reports
  • Regularly audited operating procedures that are designed to meet the highest Health and Safety standards

Benefits of recycling to agriculture

The reuse of organic wastes to agricultural returns nitrogen, phosphorus and other elements essential for plant growth back to the soil.

Benefits for the producer:

  • Cost effective when compared to landfill or other alternatives
  • Utilises sustainable and approved recycling routes
  • Recycling of waste materials in accordance with Best Practicable Environmental Option

Benefits for the end user:

  • The organic carbon content helps improve soil structure for soil aeration, water percolation and root growth
  • Nitrogen and Phosphorus are returned more gradually to soil compared to inorganic fertilisers so the potential of nutrient pooling and loss is reduced
  • Reduces the reliance on expensive inorganic fertilisers
  • Agricultural and ecological improvement of soils through the addition of valuable organic matter and plant nutrients
Land restoration

Organic Waste can recycle valuable nutrients and provide a growing medium to derelict land; land which is incapable of being developed for beneficial use without rehabilitation.

Veolia has successfully recycled organic wastes to land restoration since 1990. Organic waste can be used to reclaim derelict or unusable land, providing a valuable growing medium and helping re-contour land.

Land Restoration Service

Our comprehensive restoration service is carefully managed by a soil scientist from site assessment to completion. This includes:

  • Site assessment, including comprehensive environmental screening
  • Soil sampling and analysis
  • Taylor made restoration program
  • Preparation and application for relevant compliance with the regulatory stakeholders for England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Site management in terms of application and delivery of material
  • Soil manufacture and soil blending
  • Fertiliser advice

Restoration Benefits

The application of organic wastes to derelict land can rehabilitate the site by:

  • Improving soil structure and drainage
  • Producing soil that can retain moisture more effectively
  • Reducing soil erosion and compaction
  • Providing low release, long-term availability of nutrients leading to enhanced growth rates and establishment
  • Creating a medium pH that minimises the leaching of heavy metals
  • Reducing the dependency on less sustainable mineral fertilisers
  • Creating a readily available renewable resource
  • Providing a cost-effective soil conditioner and soil building material

Land Reclamation Outlets

We have experience of recycling organic waste to a number of reclamation (Brownfield) sites including:

  • Industrial Sites
  • Colliery Sites
  • Open Cast Mines and Quarries
  • Landfill
Energy Crops

Biomass is capable of producing 4% of the UK's energy demand without disruption to the environment or food production.

Energy crops are specially selected organic matter, or biomass, that has been grown specifically to be used for heat and power generation. The most popular UK energy crops are rotation coppice, willow, poplar and miscanthus.

Our Energy Crops Service

Where feasible we offer organic waste stream recycling to land designated for the growing of energy crops or biomass. This is land which is commonly unsuitable for food crops.
Our service includes compliant management of the waste, from the production site to the energy crop outlet, including storage and transport.

Our service benefits end-users by:

  • Providing a carbon based organic soil conditioner which encourages energy-crop growth
  • Reducing the reliance upon expensive inorganic industrially produced fertilisers

Our services benefits the waste producer by:

  • Avoids expensive landfill charges
  • Improves the carbon accountability of the product
  • Rarely requires expensive additional treatment to achieve an "enhanced" status


Additional Benefits of Growing Energy Crops

Energy crops are capable of supplying direct or indirect heat and energy as a result of the thermal, chemical or biochemical conversion of Biomass. They provide a number of additional benefits:

  • Community is less susceptible to oil price volatility
  • Provides long-term energy security as an alternative to finite fossil fuels
  • Reduces the need for fossil fuel burning which in turn reduces greenhouse gases emitted
  • Reduces the dependency on alternative fuel sources - which may be seen as less desirable or controversial - such as nuclear power
  • Can be used in vehicle engines as a replacement for pure petrol and diesel

Outlet capabilities

organics recycling capabilities

Environmental Enhancement

Recycling organic waste offers sustainable benefits to flora and fauna by providing slow-release, long-term nutrients (predominantly nitrogen and phosphorus), and valuable trace elements. These have the potential to:

  1. Improve soil structure and workability
  2. Improve soil moisture retention - enhancing further vegetation growth
  3. Prevent nutrient leaching

Unlike imported synthetic fertilisers, organic wastes and biosolids originate from a local source, are less expensive, and are often more sustainable.