Waste Removal

We've built our reputation on muckaway

We're moving material daily - inert, non-hazardous, or hazardous soils - to permitted sites, recycling facilities, recovery or treatment hubs, but rarely, if ever to landfill.

We're registered waste carriers across all three Ardula Group Businesses

Whilst our core waste activities centre around the tipper fleet, we also move waste glass and metal in our bulkers, and increasingly baled or bagged waste on our wagon and drags.

Our team at Ardula is particularly experienced in the review, understanding, and interpretation of intrusive site investigation reports and soil analyses.  We follow the waste heirarchy by aiming to reduce, re-use, or recycle your waste wherever possible.  We look to dispose of waste with recycling operators who recover waste and manufacture aggregate in accordance with WRAP.  Our current waste carrier registration for Ardula Limited can be downloaded here



The WRAP Quality Protocol, when applied to construction waste, sets out end of waste criteria for the production and use of aggregates from inert waste.

If the criteria are met, the aggregates will normally be regarded as having been fully recovered and to have ceased to be waste.

A quality protocol identifies the point at which waste, having been fully recovered, may be regarded as a non-waste product that can be used in specified markets, without the need for waste management controls. Quality protocols have been produced for a range of materials

More information on WRAP is available here


In applying best practice to the waste heirarchy Ardula frequently makes use of Environment Agency waste management exemptions, or the Definition of Waste Code of Practice, managed by CL:AIRE.

Our waste management guide, available to download, provides full details and background on how these options are applied, managed, and complied with, are covered in much more detail in our Ardula Waste Guidance available to download

Our duty of care as a waste carrier

We have a legal requirement to effectively manage controlled waste, the movement of which is recorded by a waste transfer note.  We retain our records electronically for the statutory period required.

The first question - Is it Waste?

The legal definition of waste is contained within the 2008 revised Waste Framework Directive (Directive
2008/98/EC). The definition is:

“…any substance or object that the holder discards, or intends, or is required to discard.”

In this context, the term ‘discard’ means not only the disposal of a material, but also its recovery or recycling
(i.e. if the material is being sent for recovery or recycling, it is waste).
If a material requires some form of treatment before it can be used, it is likely to legally be waste. For

  • Demolition material consisting of concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics that needs either crushing or screening or both prior to use
  • Soils requiring screening, treatment for contamination, or improvement prior to reuse
  • Uncontaminated soils that are intended for use on a site other than that from which they originated

The only soil material that is legally not waste is: “uncontaminated soil and other naturally occurring material
excavated in the course of construction activities where it is certain that the material will be used for the
purposes of construction in its natural state on the site from which it was excavated” (from the Waste
Framework Directive).


In spring 2018 there are important changes to Landfill tax that will have implications for sites receiving illegal waste.

From 1 April 2018 the scope of Landfill Tax will be extended to sites operating without the appropriate environmental disposal permit. Operators of illegal waste sites will now be liable for Landfill Tax. The new legislation contained in the Finance Bill 2017 to 2018 (and subsequent secondary legislation) will provide for:

  • Sites operating without the necessary environmental disposal permit or licence will be liable for Landfill Tax at the standard rate on all material.
  • All material at illegal sites on 1 April 2018 and any material disposed at such sites after this date will be caught by the tax.
  • Anyone who knowingly facilitates the disposal may be jointly and severally liable to any assessment.
  • HMRC will be able to charge an additional penalty of up to 100% of the tax due, and will also have the right to criminally prosecute in the most serious cases.
  • The changes only apply to sites in England and Northern Ireland because Landfill Tax was devolved to the Scottish Parliament in April 2015 and is due to be devolved to the Welsh Assembly from 1 April 2018.

Safeguards will ensure that landowners and people in the waste supply chain who, despite carrying out all reasonable due diligence, were unknowingly involved in the illegal dumping will not be liable for any tax or penalties. This means that, as long as the current Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Duty of Care requirements are complied with, innocent parties will not be liable.

HMRC will be developing clear guidance in line with Duty of Care requirements ahead of implementation