How Aggregate is used in Construction

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The environmental and fiscal benefits of using aggregate in construction are no secret. Being able to repurpose recycled materials to lower costs and improve the overall quality of projects is a major advantage that construction aggregates offer to property owners and city planners alike. But how exactly do construction companies use aggregate? If you can’t think of the answer: Don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list that demonstrates that many ways that aggregate is used.

To Strengthen and Support

Construction workers turn to aggregate most often to strengthen and support various structures. Aggregate provides a strong, hard base for workers to build on top of. Its use as a foundation offers a strong yet flexible base for buildings, bridges, and dams. In roads and railway ballast, aggregates are used to resist the overall (static and dynamic) load as well as to distribute the load properly to the supporting ground.

To Drain Water

When used as a foundation, recycled aggregate also greatly improves drainage for buildings. Construction aggregate also allows water to better drain off of road surfaces. Aggregate is one of the main reasons why your vehicle doesn’t simply sink into the soil during wet spells. While water sticks closely to soil particles, it has a harder time holding on to the voids between aggregates so gravity takes over and allows the water to drain.

To Reduce Shrinkage and Cracking

When concrete is mixed, construction workers mix in more water than necessary with the dry components. This extra water results in a difference of moisture content which produces stresses that ultimately are relived when they crack the concrete structure. These are called “Shrinkage Cracks.” Since water doesn’t affect aggregates like it does soils, the use of construction aggregates keep structures from sustaining shrinkage cracks during dry spells.

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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

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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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Dry Industrial Waste (ID27)

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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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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

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

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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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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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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

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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

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

Number Four- Octopi

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

Number Five- Dung Beetles

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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

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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

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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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