The "Dirt" on the Clean Fill Industry

Here’s some “Dirt” on a story you probably never heard of before.

It’s a story that involves your neighborhood, your health, and the price of your next property.

It’s a story of what happens to all that excavated material you see dug up at construction sites and the byproduct material of demolition and renovation project sites.

Project sites spend a lot of time and money to get rid of that material. The process requires some testing and verification to determine where it should go.

Verified clean material can be recycled and used in addition to newly mined dirt as “Clean Fill” material for land reclamation, leveling, and reinforcement.

Fill placement is a process you can be thankful for if you live in places like False Creek, Coal Harbor, Yaletown, or take the sky train and drive to work each day.

Hazardous and contaminated material needs to be handled with care and disposed of at a licensed facility. It’s not something you want your local farmer or neighborhood project sites to use on their land.

But, finding new land to place excess material is becoming problematic. With environmental concerns on the rise and the spread of populated areas, construction sites are starting to run out of places to dump their clean AND contaminated material. Some locations turn to illegal dumping without testing and permits, or they resort to dumping at sea.

If you want to see what dumping at sea looks like, then head over to the Point Grey area in Vancouver. Six kilometers due west of Wreck Beach and the University of British Columbia, you’ll see one of the mysterious federal marine disposal sites — the largest and oldest in Canada — where vast amounts of dredged and excavated material are dumped each year.

That’s the regulated stuff.

You might have to dig deeper to expose illegal dumping.

We All Pay The Price

The above is also a story of the price we all pay when there is a lack of communication.

Construction prices go up as project sites waste a lot of time and money dealing with material removal and fill placement. Our environment gets impacted by unnecessary mining and long-distance hauling.

The solution is simple.

By improving the communication between nearby project sites, we can help big and small construction sites connect, collaborate, and facilitate a fill exchange system helping them save time, money, and the environment.

Next time you walk or drive by a construction site, take a closer look. What happens there affect your health and your pocket.

You can be part of the solution. 

Share Fill Connect with anyone you know that deals with excavation, construction or land reclamation.