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Environmentally-conscious soil recycling

Bioremediation is an environmentally-responsible, energy-efficient and competitive alternative to disposing of contaminated soils in landfills, meaning that they can be recycled for further use. GFL offers customers ex-situ bioremediation for contaminated soils at our fully licensed soil remediation facilities, which receive soils that would otherwise be destined for landfill disposal, and helps recycle them for reuse in a broad range of applications.

GFL operates 11 soil remediation facilities across North America that collectively manage around 3.5 million tons of soil per year. These include seven Class 1 soil management sites and three reuse sites in Ontario, one soil remediation facility in Manitoba and one in Saskatchewan, and one soil remediation facility in New Jersey.

We commonly treat contaminated soils from gas stations, commercial, residential and infrastructure projects, soils impacted by road salt, and more.  We also accept clean, excess soil from projects that require offsite disposal.  Our soil facilities are generally situated close to urban centers where most large source sites are located, which decreases transportation distances and helps reduce GHG emissions.

Our recycled soils are beneficially re-used at a wide variety of construction, agricultural, and redevelopment undertakings. Using recycled soils in construction and development projects reduces the need for raw materials, which not only benefits our customers by lowering their project costs, but also helps to reduce GHG emissions by avoiding additional transportation and promotes a circular economy.

In an ongoing, 10-year-plus project, recycled soils from GFL’s soil remediation facility in Logan, New Jersey, have been used by the Gloucester County Improvement Authority to cap a 172-acre former dredge disposal brownfield site. This has allowed the site to be redeveloped as an equestrian park, and for other recreational uses.

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