Clean Fill vs Non-Clean Fill Construction Waste

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Clean Fill vs. Non-Clean Fill

There are many factors to consider when renting waste disposal bins for your construction or demolition projects. One the most important factors is identifying the different kinds of waste being disposed of, as well as the differnece between clean fill and non-clean fill waste How materials are handled after they leave the job site can have a significant affect on the cost of waste disposal. Therefore, it is important to have a waste management plan in place.

Knowing which materials will be disposed of in each bin is important to know when contacting a waste management company. If you are unsure about this process, a credible waste management company can help advise you.

Types of Construction Waste to Consider

Clean Fill

When it comes to waste materials, the term Clean Fill refers to materials that can be reused or recycled in future construction projects. “Clean” is meant to indicate that the material is free of substances that are considered toxic – essentially making it eco friendly. A couple determining factor in this classification are 1) the material should not have any adverse affects on the health of humans and animals and; 2) should not contribute to the contamination of the environment where they are disposed.

Classifying a material as Clean Fill also includes the following factors:

• Is not mixed with waste
• Is not connected to any known spill of petroleum or chemical contaminants including those that are reactive, radioactive, zootoxic, combustible or corrosive
There are many materials that are clean fill disposable, such as:
• Sand Cement
• Concrete
• Top soil
• Rubble
• Dirt
• Gravel
• Brick

For the most part, clean fill materials are used by contractors for filling holes, leveling uneven surfaces, and increasing elevation of an area.

Non-Clean Fill

Non-Clean fill is the precisely the opposite of Clean fill in terms of hazardous nature. Non-Clean Fill materials cannot be reused or recycled in other construction projects and are insoluble in water. Non-Clean Fill materials include:

• Plastics
• Metals
• Cardboard
• Glass
• Fiberglass
• Contaminated soil
• Household appliances and electronics

Waste management companies often collect large amounts of clean fill from project sites and pass them along to other construction or job sites that need those materials. This environmentally responsible process promotes the proper use of reusable materials, so they don’t end up in landfills. Contractors can incorporate these types of initiatives by practicing good construction site management and promoting the use of correct disposal of the many different waste materials at the site.

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