9 soil remediation methods

Today we will be exploring 9 types of soil remediation methods. Remediation comes in many forms to battle all the problems of soil contamination. There are two main methods, they are known as “ex-situ” and “in-situ”. Ex-situ involves digging up the affected soil and then treating the soil from the excavated surface. While In-situ methods try to be less invasive and treat contaminated soil without removing any dirt.

Thermal desorption

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Thermal desorption is a soil remediation method. During the process a desorber removes contaminant such as oil, heavy metals, or hydrocarbons out of sludge, or other contaminated soil. After the contaminants are collected they are thermally destroyed. These thermal treatment centers are usually called offgas treatment systems.

Excavation or dredging

Excavation is simply digging up contaminated soil and hauling it away to a landfill. If the soil is contaminated is usually treated with an aeration method.

If the bottom of a lake or river is found to contain volatile organic compounds it will be dredged. Generally there is some type of  chemical oxidation method that treats the contaminated soil.

Surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation – S.E.A.R.

SEAR is also referred to as Solubilization and recover requires the Surfactant Enhanced Aquifer Remediation process. This involves a trained specialist inject a special liquid into the ground. These liquid surfactants are hydrocarbon mitigation agents and they enhance desorption and recovery hard to reach contaminants within the soil.

Pump and treat

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Pump and treat involved removing ground water with a massive vacuum pump. This pump then sends the contaminated groundwater into a series of purification processes. Usually these vessels are filled with materials known to treat the active contiminants. For instance, oil contaminated, they usually use granulated activated carbon, the same active ingredient in your tap water filters. Think of it as a huge Brita for groundwater.

Solidification and stabilization

solidification and stabilization in contaminated soil remediation

Solidification and stabilization uses a binding agent to stop the flow of contaminants in soil. This method has a great track record but also has some environmental setbacks.

Stabilization – involves adding chemicals or materials to the contaminated soil or sludge to produce a chemically stable contaminant.

Solidification – involves adding chemicals or materials to the contaminated material to bind it and keep out air or rainfall.

The long term effects of using the stabilizers and solidifiers on soil is still unknown. Also, this method is cheap and generally not overseen by any regulatory body throughout the world. In the US, regulation is better, but this is still a global environmental concern.

In situ oxidation

Remediation by chemical oxidation involves injecting oxidants like hydrogen peroxide, ozone gas, or potassium permanganate into a contaminated soil area. Oxygen gas is usually injected to promote bacteria growth which accelerate the natural destruction of organic contaminants.

This method is becoming popular but can easily disturb any heavy metals or contaminants that are trying to leech farther into the earth.

Soil vapor extraction

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Soil vapor extraction (SVE), is known by the term “soil venting”. It is basically a way to collect the evaporated contaminants from the soil vapor. Imagine a massive vacuum above your soil while you pump air below the contaminated soil.

The air you pump in also has a reagant that evaporates contaminants and then sends them up to the vacuum. Once absorbed by the vacuum the vapor is treated and contaminants removed.

Nanoremediation

nanoremediation throughout the world including the USA

Using nano-sized reagents to immobilize any soil or groundwater contaminants is becoming more popular within the US. Using iron based nano-sized materials, organizations are cleaning up contaminated soil. Nanoremediation is common when removing metals such as arsenic, mercury, or lead. This method has been commercially used to treat  groundwater and waste-water.

Bioremediation

bioremediation of heavy metals with bacteria using anaerobic and aerobic techniques

One of the cooler methods, this relies on the use of biological means to treat contamination in soil and water. By using bacteria, plants, or biological compounds you can actually treat your contaminants away.

Bioremediation can be used in with a pump and treat system. In bioremediation, bacteria are used to process contaminants from groundwater.

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NJDEP has UST Fund to help pay for underground tank removal and soil remediation

If you live in New Jersey and want to get a refund on a tank removal or soil remediation required after removing an underground storage tank, then click here. Although there is a long line, with waits over four years, there is still over 11 million dollars allotted to the UST Fund.

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How much can you expect from this NJDEP UST grant?

Residential Soil Remediation Projects

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Grant awards an average $26,000 for home storage tanks, about 100 NJ residents are approved each year and receive funding. However, some cases (ones which require remediation on the soil) can exceed $100,000 in funding.

Commercial and Construction Soil Remediation Projects

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Commercial tanks run about $173,000 and more than 24 of these grants are given out every year. However, this cost can double if soil contamination has spread off the property of the tank owner. Basically, if  the project  requires groundwater treatment or soil remediation then it gets expensive fast.

Why have people stopped receiving their Grant Checks?

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The fund is made from corporate Taxes allocated to help clean up brownfields and help families and businesses that need to replace leaky storage tanks. The budget for the UST grant has expanded and contracted over the last five years. It was once as much as 15 million dollars, now it is down to 11 million. What happens is as more homes and businesses become eligble for the grant, more applications come in and the state runs out of money to pay for each grant.

The best thing for you to do is to fill out your paperwork, send it in, and save your spot in line. The UST fund will get another 11 million dollars in funding this year. When that happens, the checks will be sent out. In the mean time you should make sure you qualify.

How do I qualify for this?

Applicants for the UST should not earn more than 250 thousand dollars per year. Their primary residence should not exceed 500 thousand dollars. According to state regulators, an applicant should not own more than 9 tanks. The EDA makes the final decision on financial eligibility.

Will you apply?

Let us know in the comments if you will apply.

Call Westside environmental today at 201.472.1030 to get an estimate on  your project or to try to apply for a grant.

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Disposal and Remediation in New Jersey and New York

Westside Environmental can clean and process many types of construction waste and contaminated soil. View the images below to get an idea of what we can handle. If you don’t see your type of waste in the list then call 201.472.1031. Our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have about waste, dumpster rentals, or our material recovery facility

Disposal and Remediation Materials

disposal of Contaminated Soil in New Jersey at a residential Site

Contaminated Soil in New Jersey at a residential Site

Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil in New Jersey

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Lead Contaminated Soil

Lead Contaminated Soil

PCB Window Caulking

PCB Window Caulking

Construction Waste

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Demolition Waste

Demolition Waste

Non-Hazardous Waste

Non-Hazardous Waste

Vegetative Waste

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Call Westside Environmental at 201.472.1031. Tell us about your situation and we will recommend an environmentally friendly way to handle your commercial, residential or industrial waste.

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Contaminated Soil on Your Property

Contaminated soil and materials can be found on commercial, construction, or residential properties. Knowing who can clean your soil while being kind to the environment will save you money, help you qualify for LEED certification and increase your property value. Westside Environmental is New Jersey and New York’s best option for onsite pick up and transportation to our Material Recovery Facility or MRF.

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We truck your contaminated soil to our 50 ft tall doorway and safely deposit the material in a sealed off area. Then, contaminated soil and materials are transferred to the recycling floor.
Waste material is sorted and recyclables are separated into types. We use a negative air system that contains any pollutants from entering the atmosphere. No pollutants can escape our enclosed, environmentally conscious facility.

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Got more questions?

Give Westside Environmental a call at 201.472.1031. Tell us about your situation and we will recommend an environmentally friendly way to handle your waste. Save the planet, save your budget. Let’s fix this problem.

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Thermally Treated Soils from Soil Remediation

Thermally Treated Soils

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Thermally treated soils is cleaned soil that has no contaminants. It is safe, inert, and ready for use on construction sites, commercial properties, landfills, and more.

Many soil remediation processes can control the moisture of the soil after it has been cleaned.  Some material recovery facilities can be designed to add nutrients to the soil. However, this usually has to be requested as most remediated soil is used a construction material or fill.. Generally, remediated soil is used for landfill cover, top soil, road base, and many other construction projects.

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Contaminated Air purified by Negative-air system at MRF

Why our Negative-Air System is Important to Westside Environmental?

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Westside Environmental is one of the greenest material recovery facility in NJ. We processes thousands of pounds of recycled materials every month. Chief among these materials is contaminated soil. When we clean the soil and remove toxins, chemicals, carcinogens, petroleum, and other harmful elements, we need to make sure we aren’t releasing these into our air. Cleaning the soil is a process called soil remediation and it has to be done very carefully to avoid any harm to the environment.

Soil Remediation

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When we clean contaminated soil from a brownfield, harmful materials are released into the air. Westside Environmental is unique when it comes to cleaning soil. We also clean the contaminated air by-product of the soil cleaning process. To do this, we use the same system employed by hospitals to keep operating rooms clean, we use a negative-air system that purifies any air. So, when we clean soil, all the air is purified before it is released back into the environment.

Why we go the extra mile

We don’t just recycle because it’s fun, we do it because we believe in the future of our planet. Cleaning the soil but polluting the air just doesn’t make sense to us. We  are committed to this air purification system because it’s what the planet deserves, it’s what New Jersey deserves, and it’s what you deserve.

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6 Recycling Videos you Need to See

Where do materials go when we recycle?

We do our best to reduce, reuse, and recycle. But be honest, do you really know where the construction aggregate, plastic, glass, or cardboard go when you send them off to be recycled? Well we found 6 Videos for you to watch that will explain everything.

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After watching these recycling videos, people generally want to get involved in helping the environment. So we included our top ten recycling websites so you can start saving the planet. All these resources are great for businesses, contractors, construction workers, and schools. Help the environment, recycle today!

The Life cycle of a Cereal box

The Life of a cereal box  from Kashi.

Glass Bottle Recycling

Secrets From The Recycling Plant: How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle from Planet Money.

Plastic Bottle Recycling

Plastic Bottles – how they are recycled from RecycleNow.

Paper Recycling

Sesame Street: Recycling Newspaper from Sesame Street.

Recycling Food Waste – BioFuel

Food Waste – how it is recycled from RecycleNow.

Soil Remediation – Recycling contaminated Soil

Bioplant Heavy Metal Soil Remediation by The Bioplant

Top Ten Recycling Websites to Check out

These websites are improving the environment around the world. Each site brings communities together online and in real life. Our favorite is Earth’s 911. They have fantastic resources and articles. Let us know your favorite link in the comments. Don’t see your favorite website? Let us know and we’ll add it next time.

  1. Earth’s 911 
  2. Use Less Stuff
  3. Waste Wise
  4. Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention
  5. Recycle.com
  6. FreeCycle
  7. Ecology Action
  8. Recycle City
  9. Waste Watch
  10. Recycler’s World

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How much Waste is sent to American Landfills?

We found a great infographic from the EPA  to help explain where waste goes when it is not recycled. Together, we can make a difference. Check out the infographic.

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New Jersey Soil Remediation is the only answer

Broken Promises for NJ

New Jersey is home to an environmental nightmare left over by industrial dumping and illegal waste disposal. Over four decades ago, politicians promised  the peopel of NJ that they would clean up this mess. This political rhetoric has left a wake of nearly 20,000 contaminated sites across the state. NJ is also the proud winner of the most superfund sites in the country. Don’t clap, that’s not a good thing.

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Whats really happening in NJ

We have contaminated soil all across the garden state. Here is an ongoing list, compiled and curated by the Bergen Record for all the news articles that have come out about cleaning up contaminated soil. (Click here for the updated list)

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Political accountability

We want our politicians to help lead the charge in creating a cleaner NJ.  Although, according to the New York Times, Governor Chris Christie has invited soil remediation services to dump unprocessed contaminated soil on marshes (click here). Westside Environmental  has had enough. It’s time for politicians to commit to environmentally friendly practices that create clean soil. We want to keep as much contaminated waste out of landfills and ecosystems as we can.  New Jersey soil remediation is the only answer. Do you agree? Tell us in the comments.

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Today is National Learn about Composting Day 2014

What is National ‘Learn about Composting’ Day?

It’s always May 29th. It’s a day to teach your kids, your employees, and yourself about composting. Today is the perfect opportunity to go green and help the environment. Composting is simple, here’s a guide to help you get started (Click here). What Westside environmental does for soil is a bit like composting, instead of putting nutrients in, we take pollution out. We clean the soil so it can safely be used again. This is called soil remediation.  But today we are talking about composting and how it keeps our environment a little greener. Everyone can compost. You just need to start.

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What you should  compost

As we learn to throw out less compostable waste, we divert garbage from going into the landfill. There are long lists of things to compost so there will be no trouble getting started. Most people know that you can compost vegetable scraps from the kitchen, garden trimmings, and yard vegetation. Here is a complete list of what you can compost (click here). There are also household items to compost such as raw untreated wood, cardboard, and newspaper.

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Where to start

You will need a composter which you make (click here) or purchase (click here) or start on your lawn (see infographic below). Read up on the links we provided so you know exactly what to compost and how to get started. Start composting today, you can help save the planet, keep more waste out of landfill and save money.

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