Contaminated Soil at New York/New Jersey Construction Sites ©

The recent uptick in construction activity in the Metro New York/New Jersey region has sparked a growing interest from contractors and consultants seeking to deepen their understanding of Contaminated Soil Waste Classifications, and how this knowledge can affect their bottom line on many projects.

In this part of the country, any time you put a shovel in the ground there’s a pretty good chance that you may encounter Historic Fill soils that contain semi-volatile compounds or metals that exceed regulatory limits, thereby triggering the requirement for compliant offsite disposal.

Non-Hazardous soil disposal options currently include, Reuse as New Jersey Residential, Reuse as New Jersey Non-Residential, Reuse as New York Part 375, Reuse as Pennsylvania Clean Fill, Reuse as Pennsylvania Regulated Fill, Reuse as Landfill Cover, Recycling as ID-27, and Sub-Title D Landfill Disposal.

Hazardous soil disposal options include, RCRA/TSCA Treatment, Landfill Disposal, and Incineration.

At any given job site, the greater the volume of contaminated soil, the greater the likelihood that more than one category of soil classification may be identified. This often drives the need to target multiple disposal facility options in order to realize the lowest possible costs for Transportation & Disposal (T&D).

There is a science to determining Soil Waste Classification and subsequent targeting of best-case disposal options. This process is based upon evaluating a set of project-specific factors that include: site location, contaminants detected, contaminant concentrations, volume, geotechnical characteristics, site history, debris, gradation size, odor, moisture content, etc.

Navigating the maze of disposal facility options requires expertise in interpreting analytical data, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the varying acceptance criteria that apply at each of the respective 30+ regional disposal facilities.

When it comes to managing contaminated soil disposal, the dual mission on every project is to ensure regulatory compliance, along with achieving cost minimization. And for every project there exists a singular best-available solution that is readily identifiable.

Rich Rivkin


Enviro-Disposal Group