The soil policy is the policy aimed at sustainable soil management, where the needs of the current generations are met without jeopardising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To this end, the policy must ensure, conserve and restore the quality of the soil by land remediation and soil protection, so that in the future our soils will still to the extent possible be able to fulfil the functions of the soil and allow different types of land use. The soil policy is also intended to create wide as possible social support, where the educating and informing of the target groups relating to soil management is stimulated.
The policy relating to land remediation is aimed at achieving the guide values for soil quality to the extent possible.These guide values are established by the Flemish Government, and include levels of polluting substances or organisms in or on the soil that allow the soil to be able to fulfil all its functions without any restriction having to be imposed.
The policy relating to soil protection is intended to protect the soil against pollution and disturbance and to protect valuable soils. The protection of the soil against pollution has the purpose of meeting the target values for soil quality to the extent possible. These target values are established by the Flemish Government and include levels of polluting substances or organisms in or on the soil that are equivalent to the normal background level in non-contaminated soils with comparable soil characteristics.
The sustainable use of excavated soil is encouraged so that the excavated soil is used optimally as an alternative for primary surface minerals.