Putting Waste to Use

by Yee Cho, Senior Project Manager; The BSC Group, 425 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 8, Pg. 60-61

Document Type: Feature article


Although it's only been nine years since Superfund was passed, a traditional hazardous waste disposal process has nontheless been established. That is, wastes are taken to an off-site landfill. But landfills are filling up and the few that remain are becoming very expensive to use. The time has come for a new and more creative approach to hazardous waste cleanup. At a site in Massachusetts, engineers have proposed on-site reuse of 5,000 cu yds of oil laden soils. The soils would be placed in an existing basement to support new construction and used as a fill to support a new parking lot. The designs, currently under review by a Massachusetts state agency, represent a new and positive direction in hazardous waste remediation.

Subject Headings: Hazardous wastes | Recycling | Landfills | Waste disposal | Industrial wastes | Waste treatment | Basements | Construction management | Massachusetts | United States

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