Where your Construction Aggregate Material goes

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Aggregate material is generally, gravel, sand, crushed concrete and recycled stone.
Some aggregates are mined, the ones produced by Westside Environmental are recycled from construction sites, building projects, and commercial businesses.

What Kinds of Projects Use Aggregate Material for Construction?

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The major end markets for this recycled material are commercial construction, private home residential construction, and publicly-funded projects such as roads, bridges and other infrastructure improvements. Of these markets, public infrasture improvements require the most construction aggregate materials for repairing roads and building highways. Over 1.64 billion metric tons of these green materials were produced in just the first nine months of 2014. This is an increase of  8 percent compared to 2013. More construction sites recycle their materials during deconstruction then ever before. Many project managers use recycled aggregate to save money and go green.

Where to buy or remove Construction Aggregate

Westside Environmental

It’s great that you want to use recycled, environmentally friendly construction aggregate.
You can contact Westside Environmental to remove waste from your construction site, or you can purchase construction aggregate for your project. We offer both services.

Materials We Have Hauled

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Petroleum Contaminated Soil
Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil
Lead Contaminated Soil
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Construction Waste
Demolition Waste
Non-Hazardous Waste
Vegatative Waste
Dry Industrial Waste (ID27)

Aggregates for Sale

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Hauling Capacity

We Use the Westside Environmental and Cardella Waste Green Fleet to haul any waste from your construction site. It’s cheaper, and better for the environment.

Benefits of Managing Construction Debris

Recycling and reusing materials from buildings, construction debris, and deconstruction can produce meaningful environmental and economic profits. Reuse conserves energy and preserves resources.

Activities that produce construction waste

We Accept All Dry Industrial Waste

Building-related activities such as remodeling, demolition,  new construction and commercial modifications can generate construction waste. These materials can be reused or recycled.  Going green is becomming mainstream; companies like Coca Cola and American Airlines consider purchasing recycled materials as a key part of their business model.

Marketing as LEED

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Are you preparing for the growing market that desires LEED structures? Building and deconstruction projects require builders to divert waste and recycling to qualify for LEED. This environmentally friendly brand is essential for buyers or businesses participating in green building programs. The recycling saves you money, it’s like getting paid to do the right thing.

Cost Savings for Builders

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How can this benefit builders?

Donating deconstruction materials to nonprofits that specialize in reusing salvaged items can provide tax deductions.

Reusing materials on site can offset costs, when compared to purchasing new materials.

Recycling construction waste removes tons of weight from your ultimate tipping cost at the landfill.

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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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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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What is a Material Recovery Facility?

materials recovery facility, otherwise known as a reclamation facility, recycling center or Multi re-use facility is also known by it’s acronym MRF, pronounced “murf”. A MRF is a specialized facility that receives, sorts, cleans, and organizes recyclable and reusable materials for reuse by manufacturers, construction crews,  and government contracts.  There are two different types of MRFs: clean and dirty.material recovery facility

Clean Material Recovery Facility or Clean MRF

A clean material recovery facility generally handles recyclable commingled materials. These reusable materials are separated at the source. This means that if the material is generated from a home it is separated at the home. Clean MRF’s get most of their recyclable waste materials from residential buildings and commercial sources.

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Dirty Material Recovery Facility or Dirty MRF

Dirty MRFs take in a mix of  solid waste and then separate it by hand and with machines.  The goal is to separate out any recyclable material worth salvaging. This recycling process is not the end result before the materials reach market. Generally, materials are further processed before they can be used in manufacturing or construction. Any material that cannot be recovered at this facility are sent to a specialized facility for further recycling or a landfill. Now our waste reaches landfills without precious materials like stone, aluminum, cardboard, paper, glass, or plastic.

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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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What are LEED Points?

What is LEED?

LEED is an worldwide eco construction certification system, providing 3rd party supervision for construction on a new home, building, or community. This ensures that homes and buildings are created with environmental construction strategies.

LEED Metrics

These are LEED qualification aimed at improving green building performance across various metrics. Mostly these guidelines save energy, improve water efficiency, and cut CO2 emissions. What is really important about these rules is it promotes stewardship of our precious  resources which leads you to become aware to their impacts.

Who created LEED and why?

Formulated by the US Green Building Council or the USGBC,  LEED guides construction crews and  building owners to an ordered and measurable green building plan. LEED is versatile, it can apply to both commercial and residential construction. LEED guidelines ask people to see the home to the very end of its product lifecycle. That is, the design and construction, operations and maintenance, tenant outfit, and significant retrofit are also a part of LEED instructions (Click Here to learn more). LEED helps homes go green and stay green.

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LEED For Residential

A LEED-certified home is designed and built by following the LEED guidelines for homes (Click here to see). LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. Westside Environmental can help you receive points for responsibly recycling construction waste.

Point System

Certified: 45 Points 
Silver Certification: 60 Points 
Gold Certification: 75 Points 
Platinum Certification: 90 Points 

LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations

Accoridng to the LEED website,  the LEED for New Construction Rating System is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories. PorterSIPs can earn you up to 39 points in the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovations category.

LEED certification levels LEED Certified LEED Bronze LEED Platinum LEED Silver

Point System

Certified: 40-49 Points
Silver Certification: 50-59 Points
Gold Certification: 60-79 Points
Platinum Certification: 80 Points and Above

To learn more on LEED, go to LEEDBuilding.org

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World Construction Reports sees Aggregate Rising until 2017

Growing 5% Greener each year

According to a construction reports, (click here) worldwide demand for construction aggregate is set to rise more than 5% yearly through 2017. This has been attributed to the nations in Africa and Asia developing their infrastructure (click here). As more foreign direct investment pours into these regions, these nations industrialize. With this comes parks, roads, homes, apartments, outdoor furniture and more. Now, this may not be as cool as concrete bricks made from recycled landfill waste (click here). These nations know they can build up a growing economy with environmentally friendly construction aggregate(Download Free PDF).

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Committed to the Concrete

These growing nations are responding to an economic and environmental crisis. Industrializing means growing consumer demands. This results in creating more products that do not decay(See Government Report). According to Robin L. Schroeder, the author of this government report, “the creation of nondecaying waste materials, combined with a growing consumer population, has resulted in a waste disposal crisis.” But there is hope, “One solution to this crisis lies in recycling waste into useful products.” Westside Environmental happens to agree.

 

Get Involved and Start Recycling

At your next project or build recommend you use and contribute to construction aggregate recycling. This can lead to tax breaks, LEED qualification, and a planet that can sustain everyone. Sound like a good deal? Then give us a call to see how easy it is to build and recycle. 201.472.1031

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of using aggregate in construction?

Benefits of Aggregate in Construction

This is a great question and one we hear a lot. When construction aggregate is used as a base for buildings or streets, this recycled material adds stability and improved drainage. It is also more environmentally friendly and requires less energy to make. One downside is if you are not using a reliable vendor which specializes in aggregate materials. This can increase the cost of using and sourcing it can add significantly to cost and time of the build project.

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How This Saves Money

Adding aggregate to a composite material like concrete can both lower the cost and increase the variety of applications for the product.  One small issue is that the overal strength of the material can be weakened when mixing. Using aggregate depends on what kind of project you have.  Keep in mind that aggregate is generally recycled and lowers costs. Using aggregate or recycling waste from your site can help you save green by going green.

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How to Pick the Best Contractor to Clean your Soil

4 things Homeowners need to know before choosing an Oil Tank Removal Company

Many homeowners face problems when dealing with underground oil tanks and soil remediation (Click here). These old tanks can leak and cause environmental issues such as soil and water pollution, which translate into an expensive problem for property owners and their insurance providers.

Whether you’re seeking to alleviate insurance worries, or improve your property value, or protect groundwater, Westside Environmental recommends looking for these traits when shopping for tank removers or contractors to clean your soil (soil remediation):

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The 4 traits you want in a Service Provider

Number 1 – Local and experienced

Different types of soil, regulations and even water table levels play an important part in removing a tank and cleaning the soil. Pick a local vendor and they will generally know more about your property than you do. Local contractors can use their past experience in your town and state to understand your local environment. Ask about past work and if they have done something similar to your project.

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Number 2 – Fair Prices for Quality Service

Cost tends to be a significant deciding factor when figuring out which contractor is best for your project. If you use an environmental contractor like Westside Environmental or Cardella Waste be sure to ask about incentives and grants available through your utility provider and the national, state, and local government. A knowledgable contractor will be able to assist you in saving money through these grants. The name of the game is to reduce the cost of the project.

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Number 3 – Strong Customer Service

Make sure the contractor you choose has focused on building a comprehensive customer service approach. This can make the entire process feel less stressful. Determine if a company can help you gain LEED certification and is positively reviewed online. Ask for customer references and testimonials.

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Number 4 – Certification and Insured

A contractor should always be insured and licensed before performing work. For instance, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (click here) offers contractor certification. These certifications are a great tool as they require service providers to be fully bonded or ensured. You can always ask the contractor for proof of their insurance. Ask if the contractor complies with OSHA standards. This translates to a project that will be accomplished safely and efficiently, giving you time to relax and focus on other things.

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Where to go from here

Removing an oil tank can be an important and complicated project for many homeowners, but picking the correct contractor is just as important. If your property is in New Jersey or New York, consider contacting WestSide Environmental. However, anywhere in the world, these four traits will get you a contractor that will get the job done right.

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