What is clean fill, and why you need to know about it?

Clean fill refers to earthy material which is used to fill in a depression or hole in the ground or create mounds or otherwise artificially change the grade or elevation of real property.

The term “clean” implies that the material is eco-friendly and free of any toxic substances or hazardous materials.

Protecting the environment and the health of nearby residents and wildlife is a top priority. That's why there are international, federal, state, provincial, and municipal laws that regulate any fill removal and fill placement.

Landowners, construction companies, and related vendors and service providers need to be aware of local laws to avoid fines, penalties, and liabilities.

Contaminates can seep into the ground and affect nearby water systems and neighborhoods. If your land is the source of such contaminates, you can be held liable for any damages even if such damages take place years down the line.

What you need to know about fill removal

If you are working on a demolition or construction project that requires fill removal, then you need to take the proper measures to dispose of such fill.

You’ll need to sort the excess material to determine what can be recycled, what can be used by other projects as clean fill, and what needs to be treated for contaminates and disposed of at certified dump sites.

Demolition projects pause the most significant concern as much older residential and commercial buildings contain substances that are now categorized as a hazardous material.

Consult with your municipal government website to ensure that you are taking the right measures to sort, recycle, and dispose of the excess material.

Contaminated fill needs to be clean and disposed of in government certified dump sites.

Clean fill like topsoil, brick, gravel, sand, rubble, cement, or concrete can be recycled and sold to other project sites that need fill. Asphalt might be ground up and reused as new asphalt.

  • Step 1: Get your excess fill material verified to ensure that it is free of contaminants.
  • Step 2: Pay a vendor or junk removal company to dispose of the excess fill.

But, why pay to have your excess clean fill removed when a nearby project site might be looking for what you have?

You can now open a free account using Fill Connect™ and list the type and amount of fill you have so nearby project sites who need fill can find them.

What you need to know about fill placement

If you are working on a farming, landscaping, or construction project that needs filling, then you need to ensure that the type of fill you introduce to your project is clean and free of any contaminants.

Acceptable clean fill includes fill that:

  • Has not been mixed with any waste
  • Has not been subject to any known spill of petroleum products or release of chemical contaminants, including reactive, radioactive, combustible, corrosive, and zootoxic materials
  • Has not been treated to remediate any contamination

You also have to consider the fill category. Depending on your project type, you might need Boulder, Structural, or Non-Structural Fill.

Boulder includes:

  • Crushed Rock
  • Boulder/Riprap
  • Other

Structural Includes:

  • Recycled Concrete
  • Recycled Asphalt
  • Sand & Gravel
  • River Sand
  • Clay
  • Other

Non-Structural Includes:

  • Top Soil
  • Organics
  • Silt
  • Peat
  • Other

Finding clean fill for large scale projects can be a challenge and costly.

To ensure the quality of the fill, many construction sites rely on fill mining and transportation. The need for fill material has surged over the past years due to an increase in residential, commercial, and government construction projects. The increase in demand impacts the public and end-user as the cost of construction increases due to the logistical challenges of importing material from greater distances as materials grow more scarce.

That's why we created Fill Connect™

With Fill Connect™, project sites that need fill can search for nearby locations that have excess fill.

Save time, money, and the environment by posting your "Have Fill," "Need Fill," and "Dump Site" listings for Free.

Open a free account now to get started.