building site waste Articles

  • Plasterboard waste recovery from smaller building sites

    Most methods for recovering waste plasterboard from construction sites rely on it being segregated on site into adedicated collection container, such as a skip, bin or bags.  This can be difficult for smaller building sites where spacefor these containers may be limited, and the quantities of plasterboard waste are small thus reducing the costeffectiveness of recovery. However, many small ...

  • Building and breaking a bridge of trust in a Superfund site remediation

    Trust is widely recognised as a key variable in perceptions and decision-making about environmental risks. However, most considerations of trust treat it as a simple two-agent relationship. Based on an analysis of a contaminated site cleanup in New Jersey, we identify a more complex construction of trust formed between multiple stakeholders. We refer to this construction as 'bridging'. In the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Best soil management practices for Washington building sites

    The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which started the Soils for Salmon project in 1999, launched a new website, and a “Building Soil” outreach campaign to change standard building practices. The mission is to help builders and developers preserve and restore native soil on building sites, using compost. These soil “best management practices” (BMPs) will soon be required by local ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Site remediation using soil mixing techniques of a hazardous waste site: a case history

    Introduction At 2,400 beds, the $112.5 million Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh, PA, will be one of the nation's largest county jails. The disused downtown site chosen by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh sits alongside the Monongahela River, adjacent to Liberty Bridge, on what was previously the old CSX Railroad facility. The southern edge of the site is bound by ...


    By Geo-Con, Inc.

  • Reducing and recycling plasterboard waste on a site where space is a constraint

    Developments in major city centres can often have space constraints, which limit the space available for material delivery, on site construction and waste collection. Due to the location there can also be increased demands forefficient transportation of materials and waste.  Early consideration of plasterboard waste prevention, minimisation and management can contribute to efficient site ...

  • Solid waste management project in the building industry: analysing existing proposals

    Construction waste (CW) has become a world concern resulting in different problems associated with its massive production and inappropriate disposal. As a result, there are negative impacts on environmental and social issues in urban areas. Therefore it is of utmost importance that firms develop building industry solid waste management projects on their building sites in order to combat this ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Waste not, want not

    New CDE sand washing plant produces high-quality building materials from 50-year-old waste in Estonia’s capital,Talinn Estonian company Paekivitoodete Tehase (Limestone Products) have recently purchased a CDE sand washing plant to process a material that had previously been stockpiled as waste because of its high clay content. As a result, this same material is now being sold to the ...


    By CDEnviro

  • Building an education campaign

    Hillsborough County is one of the largest communities in Florida. The County has more than one million residents, 240,000 households and covers more than 1,000 square miles of land. Yet, participation in curbside recycling was relatively low and tonnages had remained flat over the last four years. In the summer of 2009, the County Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) partnered with the ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • What a waste!

    Having worked on putting into place effective waste management systems in the middle of the Sahara desert, once again I am left in despair at poor precedents in the UK.I did the Great North Run this year, and was amazed at the amount of rubbish that was left for the local council to collect. I also attended the RWM waste and recycling show in Birmingham to promote zero waste, and how to achieve ...


    By Ive Design

  • Zero Waste - Zero Waste - Zero Waste

    The Planning Group of the Zero waste International Alliance defines zero waste as: “Zero waste is a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for other use.” I recently posted this question on ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Home, Sweet Wastewater Building

    How can a wastewater treatment plant embedded into a neighborhood not use much landmass and be environmentally friendly and user-friendly all at the same time? One system aims to do all of the above. Why should a wastewater treatment plant always have to look like, well, a wastewater treatment plant?  A visual trip through project files of Aqueonics Inc., based in Greenville, SC, reveals photos ...


    By Aqueonics, Inc.

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Green Buildings: Economics and Policies

    Introduction Green building has received increased attention over the past decade from both environmental economists and policymakers. While there is no single definition of “green buildings” or its related policy, researchers and organizations tend to emphasize resource efficiency in building and reducing the impacts of buildings on human health and the environment. ...


    By Oxford Journals

  • NIMBY and building local political support

    “Proposed Landfill Project Derailed”; “Landfill Expansion Turned Down”; “Price Break Denied For Haulers Dumping Local Trash”; “Recycling Proposal Unanimously Rejected.” These are just some of the headlines the solid waste industry has seen recently. Across the country and abroad, well-planned waste projects are being denied at an alarming rate. ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Hazardous Waste in Schools

    When you think of “Hazardous Waste”, the thought of leaking drums at an old manufacturing facility comes to mind.  Another common vision is people in white tyvek suits walking around a contaminated site with leaking drums.  The last thing that comes to mind as it pertains to “Hazardous Waste” is schools.  Did you know schools potentially could ...

  • Case Study: City of Torrance - Building 12

    Ellis identified lead contamination on pavement and soils in the city maintenance yard adjacent to this multi-use recreational facility. The contaminant was traced to the buildings' former use as a military storage bunker. Working quickly, Ellis designed and managed the abatement and demolition of 2 buildings at the site, insuring that all lead-contaminated waste was properly contained, ...

  • At Freedom Bay, They`re Free to Build

    In Portsmouth, Rhode Island, developers are moving full speed ahead at Freedom Bay – a residential development of luxury townhouses serving the burgeoning over 55 population. It is one of many such communities springing up across the country. Freedom Bay’s approach to waste water treatment, on the other hand, is not as common. This planned development sits at the edge of protected ...


    By Kaeser Kompressoren GmbH

  • GTA waste-to-energy?

    While the City of Toronto will utilize its GreenLane Landfill Facility near London, Ontario to manage residual waste in the years to come, neighboring Durham Region (just east of the city) is potentially going in a different direction. Like Toronto, Durham plans to divert up to 70 per cent of waste from disposal, but intends to build a waste-to-energy (WTE) plant, rather than use landfill. On May ...

  • Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters

    In the past several weeks, we received invitations to two ribbon cuttings for newly installed farm-based digesters — one at a dairy farm in western Massachusetts and another at a swine operation in North Carolina. We also received a press release from the University of California, Davis, about its new food scraps digester on campus. And then there were a few new projects that we had been ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

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