What is Clean Fill?

When you rent a waste disposal bin for your next construction project, it is very important to know that the types of waste you have will affect your costs and how each material is treated once it is taken away.

The following will help you understand the importance of making sure that the right materials end up in each bin. This is will prevent materials that can be recycled from being contaminated and ending up in a landfill instead of another construction site.

Clean fill symbolizes a specific type of waste materials that will be recycled or reused in upcoming construction projects. In this case the word “clean” refers to being ecologically clean. That means the materials are free of contaminants which may cause harm to people, animals, or environments that they come into contact with.

Common contaminants are corrosive, combustible, radioactive, noxious, reactive, or zootoxic materials.

Building materials that are accepted as clean fil will contain brick, concrete, dirt, top soil, gravel, sand, rubble, and cement. Man-made supplies are broken down and used in the creation of new bricks or concrete. While gravel, sand, and dirt can be used as filler for an assortment of purposes.

Many disposal companies charge less if materials are separated. Keep in mind that materials, such as asphalt, can only be recycled if they have not been contaminated by other materials. If you have a large amount of asphalt from a work space, make sure to rent a separate bin for it to ensure it can be recycled by other construction sites.

This type of waste material is classic for use in other construction projects for example, to raise the elevation of a lot or a partial lot, change the contours of a site in order to improve drainage, level a work site, replenish eroded soil, and to create a sub-foundation.

Not included in clean fill:

  • Organic or biological waste including food or yard waste
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Cardboard
  • Contaminated soil
  • Glass
  • Fiberglass
  • Hazardous household waste such as chemicals, appliances, tires, or electronics

Construction and renovation sites usually will create a large quantity of clean fill. This can then be traded to other construction or job sites.

As an environmental friendly company, we will make sure the waste materials are put to good use and do not end up in landfills. An important part of a good construction site management is properly disposing of the wide variety of waste materials that such a job site can create. There are always people looking for clean fill in order to complete projects of their own.


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