How Soil Remediation is Done

The process of cleaning soil is probably a lot simpler than what you might think.

Once the soil gets to our state-of-the-art facility (either brought to us by you, or Cardella Waste), it is dumped in our sealed-off facility. Our Negative-air filtration system purifies the air before it is released back into the atmosphere. Meanwhile the waste material is sorted and recyclables are separated. The balance is loaded onto rail cars (which reduces our CO2 emissions).

We offer disposal and remediation of contaminated soil:

• Petroleum Contaminated Soil
• Non-Hazardous Contaminated Soil
• Lead Contaminated Soil
• PCB Window Caulking
• Construction Waste
• Demolition Waste
• Non-Hazardous Waste
• Vegetative Waste
• Dry Industrial Waste (ID27)

Give us a call today at 201-472-1031 if you need help with contaminated soil.

Soil Projects for You

We’re in the business of cleaning soil to remove contaminants from it.

Soil Contamination Clean Up


What is Soil anyway?

It is a complex mixture of minerals, water, air, organic matter, and organisms which performs many critical functions in an ecosystem.

So, we thought you might be interested in learn a little more about soil, what’s in it, different types, what different plants need, and more. We came across this website, and thought you would enjoy many of the things on it. You can have fun with your kids, and learn about science at the same time.

We’re not going to lie, this Dirt Pudding might just be our favorite. What’s yours?

Why is Westside Environmental Different?

You’re in need of a Material Recovery Facility that makes the difficult job of cleaning up contaminated soil easy. WE are a unique company in this space, and WE strive to help our clients make the process as simple as possible.

Being the first rail-based material recovery facility in the United States gives us a unique position, of being able to take and send out materials quickly and efficiently. Plus, our negative air system is the “Gold Standard” in environmental achievement, and allows us to safely process incoming material.

In addition, WE are fully permitted by the NJ DEP and an active member and Charter Sponsor of the NJ Chapter and Gold Sponsor of the New York Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. WE are also included in the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Solid Waste Management Plan and meet all LEED documentation to assist our customers in fulfilling MR Credits 2.1 and 2.2.

If we haven’t sold you yet, on why we’re different from the other companies out there, here are 4 more reasons why Westside Environmental and Cardella Waste:

  1. We don’t contract anything out. All of our work is performed with our own trucks and team members.
  2. We are paperless. All transactions happen electronically in real-time and are emailed to you. LEED reports are created automatically based on what is in your dumpster.
  3. We make it easy for you. Your team can send orders by calling, texting or emailing.
  4. We provide you with same day service. We have a fleet of over 50 vehicles.

Did we convince you yet?  Then, give us a call at 201-472-10311 to find out how we can help you.

Green or Greener?

Here at Westside Environmental, we care about the environment. The word “environment” is even in our name! We do know, however, that not all companies practice what they preach. That’s why we strive to make the world a greener place every day not just by the recycling work we do, but more importantly by the methods we use to get the job done. There are different shades when it comes to “being green” and we like to think we’re just a little “greener” than the rest thanks to our two recycling centers and innovative rail-based transportation that protects the environmental while saving both time and money.

Greener Centers

Most recycling facilities have one center but we wanted to do more. We have two recycling centers, including the NY/NJ metropolitan area’s greenest material recovery facility. With two centers, we can recycle and properly dispose of double the materials in the same amount of time as the other guys.

Our unique “Gold-Standard” negative-air technology processes 80,000 cubic feet of air per minute and eliminates any release of pollutants, dust or odors during the process. Our NJDEP permitted facilities complete six full air changes every hour, not only meeting or surpassing EPA Fugitive Emission Standards but also saving time.

Greener Transport

Most material recovery facilities in the United States rely on heavy-duty trucks to transport waste and soil. Diesel trucks are a fairly reliable transportation method, however the environmental risks from diesel pollution are alarming. Diesel pollution from trucks not only damages the environment but can also make people sick. In fact, the state of California has found that fine particle matter from diesel pollution accounts for 70% of the cancer risk from air that we breathe in*.

We wanted to limit the amount of trucks we had on the road releasing pollutants. That’s why Westside Environmental became the first rail-based material recovery facility in the United States. Being rail-based makes us a few shades greener than other recycling and environmental companies that use trucks as  our rail-based transportation reduces CO2 emissions.

Greener is Better

Claiming to be a green company is one thing, but there’s always ways in which a company can be greener. We’ll never stop striving to protect our environment with the latest recycling and material recovery technology. If you’d like to make your business cleaner, check out these quick tips we put together—it’s easier than you think!

*Source: UCS Website

Contamination Clean Up: Soil

Soil Contamination Clean Up

Soil contamination is a mess that can pose a hazard for both the environment and humans. Hazardous materials in soil like petroleum and lead can not only damage the natural environment by killing off certain plants and animals, but can also by means of physical contact and inhalation negatively affect the health of humans. Last month we dug into the subject of petroleum-contaminated soil and the positive impact plants can have on cleaning up certain messes created by humans.

However, sometimes the contamination is far too great for plants to lend a helping hand (or leaf). In that case, what can we humans do to combat soil contamination due to petroleum, lead and other damaging substances? Besides attempting to prevent oil spills, toxic material leaks and other unfortunate circumstances that lead to soil contamination, the proper remediation is the next best option for soil contamination damage that’s already been done.

The first step in contaminated soil remediation is to have it moved to a sealed off purifying facility, like our “Gold-Standard” facility in North Bergen. Once safely transported to a facility, the soil is then sealed off from the outside environment and remediated in a variety of ways. Depending on the service provider and the contaminate, different methods are used such as injecting microorganisms to the soil, chemical decomposition or stabilizing the metals in the soil. At Westside Environmental, we use the latest technology in the form of a negative-air system that purifies that air around the soil before releasing it back into the environment.


How Plants Fight Soil Contamination

46th Annual Earth Day

Last month we celebrated the 46th annual Earth Day and it was so exciting to see so many people stepping up to take care of our planet! While Earth Day is technical just one day per year, you can celebrate Earth Day every day by doing simple things like participating in a park cleanup or reusing recyclable materials to create something new and beautiful like these mason jar herb gardens that we shared last month! But, did you know that humans aren’t alone when it comes to taking care of planet Earth?

Did you know Plants Fight Soil Contamination?

Plants also work hard to try and make the world a cleaner, healthier place. Specifically, some plants help by remediating petroleum-contaminated soil. Petroleum-contaminated soil is actually one of the most common forms of soil pollution and tends to happen due to drilling refineries, accidental spills and even illegal dumping. Not only is petroleum-contaminated soil bad for the Earth but it’s bad for humans as well! There are dozens of health risks that come with being near soil that is contaminated with oil considering even inhaling the vapors from it can lead adverse health affects.

Soil Contamination Facility

So how do plants help fight soil pollution? It’s a process called phytoremediation. It sounds fancy, but it’s pretty simple. Plants located in petroleum-contaminated soil use their roots to absorb the contaminants. This is called stabilization. Then, depending on the plant, there are three different ways the pollutant is dealt with above ground, but all ways involve removing it from the soil. Take a look at this informative chart by Urban Omnibus if you’d like to learn about the process in more detail:

A Guide to Phytoremediation

While phytoremediation is one method of removing petroleum hydrocarbons from soil, it doesn’t work for every pollutant and with all plants. To help out hard working plants, see what you can do by taking a look at these easy tips for reducing land pollutions.

For those really tricky soil contamination emergencies, rely on experienced environmental companies like Westside Environmental to rid the soil of contaminants by using our state of the art negative air system. Call us today at: 201-472-1031 to learn more.

Glass Recycling: A Mason Jar Herb Garden

There’s a saying that March comes “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” So far, March 2016 has been a little different. Warmer than average temperatures and sunny days have made the beginning of this month seem more lamb than lion. While it might seem like the perfect time for heading outdoors and gardening, you never know what the weather will be like at the end of the month. In order to get you through the almost unpredictable weather, we found this easy DIY herb garden craft that you can keep indoors; in case Old Man Winter decides to pay us another visit before the end of the month!

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Here’s what you’ll need to add some spice to your kitchen:

>  Reused Pint Sized Glass Mason Jars
>  Herbs
>  Soil
>  Mason Jar Holder (optional)

This craft is a really great way to reuse materials (like glass mason jars) instead of throwing them away and bringing the springtime indoors. The first step is to fill the mason jars halfway with soil and then add the seeds for the herbs or small plants you wish you to grow. All that’s left to do is find a sunny windowsill in your kitchen and take care of your herbs. If March decides to go out like a lion instead of a lamb, you can at least enjoy the green of the outdoors with these cute and functional herb gardens!

And, usually the rule of thumb is after Mother’s Day (it usually marks the end of cold weather), you can transfer these herbs into bigger pots and move them outside if you’d like!

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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

soil remediation methods

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

pump and treat remediation system

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

soil vapor extraction soil remediation

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 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 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.

Contact Westside Environmental

Call Westside environmental today at 201.472.1030 to get an estimate on your soil remediation.

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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.


How much can you expect from this NJDEP UST grant?

Residential Soil Remediation Projects

Construction & Demolition Waste

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

themrally treated Soil Disposal and soil remediation in new jersey with a yellow excavator digging up the soil

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?


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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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.


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.


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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