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?

contaminated air purified by negative-air system before it is released into the atmosphere to be environmentally friendly.

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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7 Animals that Recycle Everyday

Apparently we have a lot to learn from our animal friends. They create a balance with their surroundings by taking only what they need to survive. Humans aren’t the only animals that recycle anymore.

7 Animals that Recycle

Number One – Birds

Number Two – Spiders

misunderstood spider recycles

These little guys keep our homes bug free and they also recycle their webbing. By eating their web, they can regain the protein they used to create the structure. Sounds a lot like aggregate recycling.

Number Three – Crabs

hermit crab wearing a shell made out of yellow and blue yellow blocks

Hermit Crabs use whatever is in their environment, even legos.

Number Four- Octopi

recycling octopus uses coconut shells to build a home

Octopi are brilliant, they create temporary homes out of debris found on the ocean floor. From GreenDiary.com

Number Five- Dung Beetles

dung beetle recycling in the sahara dessert

Dung beetles recycle feces all day, every day. They build their homes, lay eggs, and even eat the poop. These guys are one of the most valuable bugs on the planet. Last year they saved the cattle industry $380,000,000 by processing cattle manure.

Number Six- Coral

coral reef seen halfway under blue ocean water and half the image is above the water by a cliff with green trees growing out of it.

Although over three quarters of the world’s coral reefs are endangered, these resilient adaptable beings can stick themselves onto almost any hard surface. They basically use whatever is around, sunken battleships, underwater cables, pipelines, you name it.

Number Seven- Elephants

a grey african baby elephant recycles old christmas tree by eating it.

Did you know elephants help us recycle christmas trees every year? After the holidays, zoos give the trees to animals to snack on.

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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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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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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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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 make an Eco-Friendly Easter Basket

Rarer than an Easter egg is an Environmentally friendly Easter baskets

Uh oh, Easter is almost here and you forgot to make an Easter basket for the kids! EEK! I want you to completely remove from your mind the idea of buying one of those pre-made Easter baskets. Easter is in the same month as Earth day, so Westside Environmental created this How-to guide for last minute eco-friendly Easter baskets. It will save the day, support eco-brands, and help your kids connect with you. Besides, those pre-packaged plastic messes are action packed with chemicals, junky child labor toys, and artificial dyes. Doesn’t exactly remind you of Easter does it?

In any event, if it is too late to order fair trade, organic Easter goodies, you can still whip up a quick and easy Easter basket that’s eco-friendly. Below is a simple guide just for you.

Step-by-Step Guide

Get yourself an adorable basket

Go to a thrift store or craft store near you and buy a woven basket. They are eco friendly and look great as a classic basket for Easter. But, if you have a leftover Easter basket from last year, use that. There’s no need to buy something new when you can reduce, reuse, and recycle.

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Make some Eco-Easter eggs and get some packing grass

You can make your own Martha Stewart Easter grass and create some beautiful felt Easter eggs with this simple guide (click here). Now we need something else to decorate your Easter basket. How about some  Free Easter Printables to decorate or fill your basket.

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Fill your basket with Organic Snacks

Chocolate is delicious, but a lot of it is packed with chemicals, fillers, and sugar. Try some new snacks that kids love. Click the images to order the snacks on Amazon.

organic easter snacks - Organic Crunch'n Chocolate Bunny

Organic Crunch’n Chocolate Bunny

organic easter snacks - Cliff Kid Z Fruit Snacks

Cliff Kid Organic Fruit Snacks

alternative organic easter snacks

Annie’s Organic Cheddar Snack Mix

Pack some Unique, non-edible, items in your child’s Easter basket

Easter doesn’t have to only be about food. Here are some items you can give your kids to play with on the big day.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you make an amazing Easter basket for your family. If you have any ideas we should use in the future, tell us in the comments!

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From our family to yours, we wish you a Happy Easter.

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Quick Guide to Eco-Friendly Passover Cleanup and Seder

Passover is Going Green

Passover is in the same month as Earth Day and what better way to continue our dedication to the Earth than by hosting an environmentally friendly Seder, otherwise known as the Passover Meals.

Passover starts Monday, April 14 and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 22nd. There is still time to turn your preparation and Seder into your own green holiday. Westside Environmental has the tips and tricks to get your ready for your greenest Passover yet.

Pregame Cleaning is Everything

No Passover is complete without the hectic and frazzled pre-Passover cleaning. The goal is to get rid of all the bread or bread products in your home but it usually turns into a big spring cleaning event.  This year, try cleaning with nontoxic cleaners made with natural ingredients. If you’re looking to buy a safe cleaner, Seventh Generation offers a helpful variety of eco-friendly cleaners.

This passover, clean with seventh generation eco-friendly green cleaning products

Feeling bold?

Be adventurous, come to the dark side of the eco world and try making your own cleaners from natural ingredients you can find around your home.

Passover Shopping is an endurance sport

You know it’s true. Passover shopping (especially last minute shopping) can be intense. Here is a quick tip that will save you money and help save the environment.

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Bring your own bag. Leave the eco bags in the car so you never forget.  Plus, most supermarkets give you five cents off for each bag you bring with you. Save the planet and a few nickels here and there. Besides, you just cleaned up, do you want plastic bags drifting around your house?

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Go Organic

With Wine that is. Try a kosher for Passover, organic wine from California’s Four Gates, or you may check out the selection at KosherWine.com.

The Main Event – The Seder

Want to go fair trade and organic? It’s easy, make your charoset, a dip which symbolizes the mortar used to build Egypt in the Passover story, with organic apples and fair trade almonds.

For your Seder plate

Try buying more eggs from free range chickens,  grass fed meats, and organic dairy products.

Carpools are for Winners

Attending a Seder? Suggest carpooling to limit the number of cars used to get to the Seder. This reduces the carbon created getting to the holiday festivities.

Avoid disposable utensils

The grandparents had it right, we need special holiday china and silver. Get the good china instead of using disposable forks and plates.  This will limit the amount of waste produced this holiday.

Live for Leftovers

After the Seders are complete, you will undoubtedly have leftovers. Save what you can to eat throughout the week. Composting is also a great alternative to throwing things out for a landfill.

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From our family to yours, we wish you a Chag Sameach (Happy Holidays).

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Sweeney wants NJ to join regional environmental initiative

Senate President wants New Jersey to Lower Carbon Footprint

According to the Associated Press, State Senate President Stephen Sweeney is attempting to require New Jersey to re-enter a multistate carbon pollution reduction program through legislation.

What does this mean for NJ?

What Sweeney is trying to accomplish will curb the amount of carbon pollution coming from NJ. We are all for it. The bill  would keep New Jersey in the multi-state pact, whose goal is to reduce pollution from fossil fuel-burning power plants.

Will this hurt NJ’s Economy?

New Jersey has the economic power of Austria; reducing carbon emissions will not destroy the state’s economy. Joining together with other states and agreeing to find alternatives to burning fossil fuels for power is the right decision. Together, we can create a better world. As long as surrounding states agree to the same terms, we are all bound by the same rules and in the same boat. Creating fuel alternatives have a long term gain for everyone involved. We need changes to be made. This pact would mean fair competition. No state should be left exposed by this multi-state pact.

map of states as countries with same gdp - NJ has GDP of Austria

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