Cleaning Dirt for the Climate

By Andrew Findlay
The Tyee
May 27, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

GRT Resource Regeneration, with a plant in Nanaimo, BC, is one of only two in North America that take dirt and rock from dredging and excavation operations, wash metal and salt contaminants out of it, and turn it into a valuable product. GRT, which stands for Generating Resources for Tomorrow, makes money by turning waste material into clean aggregate rock, sand or clay for new projects. Meaning instead of filling up a landfill, excess soil is being rebirthed as something that can be used in landscaping, shore protection or dike construction. Construction waste is a global concern as economies shift their focus towards closed-loop processes and decarbonization. …According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States produced an estimated 600 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste in 2018. In Canada, one study estimated that construction and demolition waste accounts for 27 per cent of the municipal solid waste disposed of in landfills.

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