Latest Recycling Trends

Here at West Side Environmental we’re concerned about the preservation of our environment and the proper disposal of materials. Basically, we think recycling is really trendy. Who cares what Rihanna wore to the MET Gala? If it wasn’t recycled plastic bottles and cardboard TP rolls, we’re really not that interested.

So while it might be a while before the likes of Rihanna thinks recycled clothing is the new black, we hope that these recycling trends will inspire you to make a difference in the way you dispose of your waste. Here’s a quick look at the freshest ways the leaders in the waste and recycling industry are staying green.

1. Most companies in our industry are embracing the change from diesel fuel to compressed natural gas (CNG). 10% of all waste and recycling truck fleets have made the big switch in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

2. Big cities are creating more aggressive waste agendas. For example, New York City just signed a 20-year agreement with Covanta to convert the city’s municipal solid waste (MSW) into clean, reusable energy.

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3. Dealing with coal ash is another new trend in the recycling industry. Coal ash is formed when coal is burned to create steam for power generation. Approximately 45% of all coal ash is reused.

4. Extended Producer Responsibility laws are gaining ground in certain areas of the country. These are the laws that pertain to the disposal of more hazardous materials like batteries.

5. Financial performance is increasing for recycling companies. This means that the population is becoming more environmentally aware and recycling more.

6. Mergers and acquisitions of multiple recycling and waste companies are a large trend in the industry.

7. More and more states are now embracing recycling goals. Comprehensive recycling plans are a growing trend.

8. Lastly, States are banning food waste from landfills and adopting organics recycling.

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
PCB Window Caulking
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

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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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Avoid hidden fees in every dumpster rental with this tip.

What they don’t want you to know

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There are Green waste management services like Cardella Waste and Westside Environmental and then there’s  NonGreen dumpster rental services. These commercial construction waste haulers don’t want you to know this one thing. It is more expensive to dump the waste generated when building a New York skyscraper or a New Jersey home than it is to recycle it. Don’t give your waste to a roll-off rental company that just dumps directly into a landfill. It’s cheaper to use a company that recycles and then only goes to the landfill as a last resort.

 

How does Recycling Lower your New Jersey Tipping Fee

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Every pound of waste that is given to a landfill costs you more money. New Jersey has some of the highest tipping fees in the country. The average cost per ton of waste is $72 according to a 2013 survey of Tipping Fees per US State. Recycling waste from a construction site means you can save thousands of dollars by the end of the project. Remember, the tipping fee is more expensive than the cost to recycle in many parts of the US.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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 We Accept: Construction & Demolition Waste

We often get asked what type of materials we accept, and the answer is most everything. Some of the most common materials that come to our facility are construction & demolition waste. This material includes a variety of debris like: insulation, wiring, metal, wood, concrete & bricks.

Construction & Demolition Waste

Even if this debris contains lead or asbestos we will still take it. We then sort everything that comes in, recycling as much of it as possible to be reused in new construction projects and keeping it out of our landfills.

If you are working on a construction project, whether it is Residential or Commercial or a large Construction project, we have a container that is right for your project, and can help make it easy for you to dispose of and recycle your construction & demolition waste.

Trucks vs Trains: Transporting Soil

We are often asks what sets Westside Environmental apart from other material recovery facilities (MRFs). And, our answer is always our LOCATION! We are within 5 miles from midtown Manhattan, close to all 3 of the major New York area airports, AND we are on the train line!

Truck vs Train Soil Transport

We know how important it is to our customers that they can find an affordable MRF that is environmentally friendly, as many of our customers are working towards LEED certifications, or other green government initiatives, and are looking for ways to carry that environmental concern throughout all the pieces of their project. Having direct access to the train line gives us the ability to load clean soil directly from our facility onto a train car, and send it where it is needed.

But, transporting the soil by train isn’t always what we do. Why, when the efficiency of the average train is 400 ton-miles per gallon, compared to a truck which hovers around 130 ton-miles per gallon? The infrastructure. The infrastructure just isn’t there for soil to be transported everywhere it needs to be. In order to use it for all projects there would need to be tracks to every final destination — and that just isn’t going to happen. Time is also another reason. Trains have to be scheduled, trucks don’t require that, they can reach any destination without advance notice. So, having the option to use both is what proves to be our advantage. We are able to increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness by transporting the dirt by truck to our facility, by train to get it closer to it’s final destination, and by truck again to reach it’s final destination.

In the end it isn’t that one is better than the other. It’s using them together that makes the difference and sets us apart.

 

The NEW Westside Environmental!

Westside EnvironmentalYou might have known us as Westside Transload, but we didn’t think that name encompassed who we are. So, we’ve gotten a new name, Westside Environmental, and with it a new look. Owned by Cardella Waste, we are able to offer a variety of services, from soil remediation to recycling to aggregate stone sales. No matter what your job requires we’re able to provide you with what you need.

Open 24 hours, with a full fleet of green trucks and dumpsters, we’re able to pick-up your waste, or open for you to drop it off. We will clean the soil, or recycle your construction debris. Only 10 minutes from midtown Manhattan, we are close, and easy for you to get to.

Need our services? Call us at: 201.472.1030. We’re here to help you.