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The SOiiL soil matching registry is driven by the use and adoption of the finalized Ontario Ministry of the Environment's (MOE) Soil Management - A Guide for Best Management Practices and the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario's (RCCAO) published Best Management Practices for Handling Excess Construction Soils in Ontario Version 1, November 2012.

A copy of the RCCAO industry best management practices document is available on the RCCAO web site at www.rccao.com. Refer to RCCAO report dated November 2012.

The SOiiL soil matching registry is based on a similar soil matching registry database model developed by the CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) organization in the United Kingdom. The CL:AIRE Register of Materials requires the use of the practices outlined in their CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Industry Code of Practice. A copy of this industry Code of Practice (CoP) and access to their Register of Materials is available at the CL:AIRE web site www.claire.co.uk.

SOiiL is a unique, independent entity created to support the construction and development market sectors in Ontario. As a trusted, independent administrator of the soil matching database, SOiiL treats all submitted company information and soil data in confidence as an "honest broker" of data. In addition to encouraging the adoption of regulatory and industry best management practices, SOiiL matches soil donors and soil receivers to facilitate efficiencies and cost savings in construction projects involving the movement of excess soils.

Use of the SOiiL soil matching registry is contingent on both excess soil generators and those sites and entities receiving excess soils conducting all soil movement activities in accordance with the RCCAO Best Management Practices for Handling Excess Construction Soils - Version 1 (Nov. 2012). This requirement also includes compliance with all local municipal and regional by-laws and site alteration permit approval requirements at the receiving site locations.

The fundamental premise involved is to identify excess soils that can be sustainably and beneficially reused appropriately at other sites and development projects in an approved safe, efficient, transparent and environmentally responsible manner.

To accomplish soil matching, both potential soils generators and soil receiving site users must register with SOiiL in advance to confirm participation in the program. This is done through completing and submitting a SOiiL User Registration form. There is no cost involved. When future potential projects or opportunities become known involving excess soils, either the donating of surplus soil or the receiving surplus soil, a submission of the pertinent soil information requirements is made to SOiiL using an online Submission Template.

SOiiL will review the information provided and post the information in the secure SOiiL registry database. Where there appears to be a soil matching fit or opportunity, SOiiL will contact the companies involved and advise them of a possible soil matching opportunity. These companies then in turn will contact each other to make a business or contractual arrangement regarding a possible soil matching arrangement. This is the service side of SOiiL.

If a potential opportunity or soil match for excess soils is found, a Project Partnership is then established between the two parties involved. This partnership arrangement is solely between the two parties involved and SOiiL plays no other role then co-coordinating and facilitating the initial matching. Project Partners then conduct their own due diligence and enter into a contractual business arrangement per company business practices.

On a regular basis, typically monthly, an update is made of all user submitted soil information, both generating and receiving sites, on the SOiiL website and an email update is sent out to all registered users of posted soil information.

As soil donor and receiver sites identify volumes of clean soil this information will be visually identified on regional maps of specific areas of Ontario initially starting with the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) or Golden Horseshoe area of Ontario. These Regional Soil Maps will identify sites by general geographic centre or nearest municipality, not by specific location address. The SOiiL administrator, in reviewing soil information submissions, will identify potential soil matches and put parties in contact with each other. Those consenting parties will in turn determine if there is a mutual business opportunity and appropriate contractual arrangements that can be put in place to establish a project partnership. SOiiL is not involved in these arrangements after initial matching opportunities have been identified.

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