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.

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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


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 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

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

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.

clean material recovery facility


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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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.

reduce reuse and recycle with these recycling videos from westside environmental

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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
  6. FreeCycle
  7. Ecology Action
  8. Recycle City
  9. Waste Watch
  10. Recycler’s World

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6 Safety Tips from Construction Workers to avoid Injury and Stay Stress Free on site

I’ll say it, working in construction is awesome. Yeah, some days are hard but this is what we wanted to do since we were kids. Teachers asked us “what do you want to be?” we replied “a builder.” Here we are, working in the industry of our dreams. But did you know out of 4,175 worker fatalities in private industry, 806 were in construction? We get to be builders, but staying safe and avoiding injury has never been more important. We are contractors in New Jersey and we want to share some safety measures we’ve picked up along the way.

6 ways to stay safer and calmer on any commercial or residential construction site

Number One – Lift with your legs, not your back.

Does your back ache like mine does? We are not alone, back pain harms construction worker’s every year. Getting injured is as easy as carrying something heavy. Follow these tips and we can avoid this risk completely.

 USA Labor Poster describing lifting do's and don'ts. Lift with your legs, not your back, that's how we stay safe on construction sites

Lift with your knees and don’t twist to your side while you lift. Try to maintain balance, take small steps when carrying heavy loads.

Number Two – Don’t pop a Squat, Use a Stool

 When you are working on the ground floor, kneeling or squatting can take its toll. Get yourself a portable stool (Click here to buy one). When we sit on stools we don’t strain our knees or backs.

 Man in blue jeans sitting on a wood and leather portable stool to avoid back pain on a commercial construction sites.

Part Three – Watch your wrists

You want to keep your wrist at a neutral position. This is a great way to avoid pain, tingling, and throbbing associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.

 extended wrist position, neutral  wrist position, and flexed wrist position

Part Four – Use the correct tools correctly

Tools are ergonomically fit to your hand, use them correctly or risk wrist injury (here’s a safety PDF to show you proper form). We are creatures of habit we grasp for the tool that doesn’t grip right over and over again.

 Side effects of using poorly designed tools can be carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, or tendinitis.

Your Power Tool is Safer with these 4 features.

1. Lower vibrations
2. Made for both Left handed and right handed workers
3. Longer trigger
4. Ergonomically designedchange in angle of an ergonomic cordless drill and other power tools shows how tools are now designed better.

Your Hand Tool is more Helpful with these 4 characteristics.

1. Less force needed to operate
2. Holding tight shouldn’t strain the hand.
3. Should not conduct electricity or heat
4. Hand tools should always be balanced

ergonomic hand tools perfect for construction sites and contractors

Part Five – Evenly distribute the weight on your tool belt

One of my favorite tools was my original tool belt. Today I use a slightly larger, sturdier, and more advanced tool belt. It’s handy and it keeps what I need with me. I’m prepared for any occasion or situation with a well-stocked belt. Being prepared also means balancing your belt. Belts can pull your body off balance. If one side of your belt is heavier than the other, switch some things around and put some heavy tools on the lighter side of your belt.

tool belt is too heavy and the contractor needs to evenly distribute its weight

Part Six – Know your Machine’s swing radius

That massive machine you’re using has a wide swing radius. It can hurt people, mess up projects, and cause damage. See all those nicks and scrape marks on the counterweight? How do you think those got there? If you are lucky, when you hit something, it will just be some materials. If you hit a person, more often than not, that person becomes one of the 806 construction fatalities that happen every year.

swing radius for a crane at a construction site should be roped off for proper safety

Be sure to fence or rope off the swing radius around the machine. Avoid spectators and get a spotter to watch your position and keep onlookers moving.

 Want to Learn More?

Check out these great resource

1.  Osha Safety Training

2. Healthy Day Tips for Construction Workers

3. Free PDF Safety Handbook

4. Occupational Safety Standards of Canada’s Guide

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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).

concrete aggregate with recycled glass and other construction aggregate

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.

construction aggregate

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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Today, April 30th, is National Honesty Day 2014

What is National Honesty Day?

When is it?  Each April 30th

National Honesty Day (click here) asks of each person to try and be more honest and open.  At Westside Environmental, we believe in honesty and transparency. Ask us where your waste will end up and we are open about what will happen to it, it’s what we’re proud of. Transparency is crucial in the recycling industry, which is why we have pictures of our Rail Recycling system all over our website. We want you to see the important work we do here. In honor of National Honesty Day, we promise to continue our tradition of honesty.

Today gives everyone permission to be more honest, take the opportunity. Become someone people can trust. We can all try our best to be honest.

How to Celebrate

Today we celebrate National Honesty Day 2014 by be being honest and open with people. Is there something you need to tell someone? Todays the day to do it. There’s just one rule, be honest.

national honesty day is april 30th.

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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.


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.

utility provider monopoly image of water works and electric company

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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Recycled Aggregate for Construction

Recycled Aggregate

Whether you start construction on your home, business, or commercial building a great way to reduce costs is using recycled construction aggregate. It’s a product that is cheaper to manufacture than virgin material aggregate and it’s environmentally friendly too. Any time you use construction aggregate you are diverting waste from a landfill and supporting the green economy.

recycled Aggregate

If you follow our posts,  you know we spoke about what recycled aggregate is before. Today we are going to talk about how it can save you money and keep your construction site green.

Go Green – Save Green

When you commit to green construction you end up saving big. The buildings that are made with recycled materials and energy efficiency in mind tend to cost less to create. They also have the added benefit of lower monthly energy bills. Saying “YES!” to recycled materials is a great way to get that initial construction cost down. Check out this link to NBC Nightly news investigating the cost benefits of Green construction.

save money with recycled aggregate

Next time you are thinking about starting a project, call Westside Environmental at 201.472.1030 and ask about “Aggregate Sales“. We can help you get your construction budget where it needs to be.

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