Posted on 29 January 2019

What is Soil Reuse?

Vac-U-Digga’s innovative Soil Transfer System

Vac-U-Digga's innovative Soil Transfer System

No matter if you're in the construction, mining or civil works sectors on a private or industrial basis, it's important that you use soil reuse practices in your projects New Zealand wide. There are several large benefits for the environment from using soil transfer, and we're going to go over them below. 

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Soil reuse is a relatively new practice that companies all over New Zealand are starting to embrace. Both large and small projects tend to have excess soil or construction material and debris like concrete, brick, soil and lumber left over at the project's completion. Not only can this slow down cleanup, but it can also drive costs up because you have to pay your staff to get rid of it or pay a recycling centre to handle it. 


Depending on the debris, it can cause problems for the surrounding environment, and it can also cause you to lose valuable resources that you could potentially reuse on your next project site in Auckland. These situations are where soil reuse practice comes in handy.

For example, you could take your leftover lumber and recycle it to use in your next construction project. If you have leftover dirt, you could take it from your finished project in Wellington and use it to fill in potholing or trenching projects in Christchurch. You can also break down any concrete or bricks and use them again instead of paying a recycling centre to dispose of them.

A reputable company that specialises in soil reuse has all of the tools and equipment to perform this process for you. They can recycle your debris or haul unusable debris away to centres and dispose of it to keep it out of the environment. 

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Now that you know what soil reuse is, you'll want to know a few of the environmental impacts that come with practising soil reuse. It doesn't matter if you practice this on a large or small project, you're benefiting the surrounding environment.

Less surface damage - Traditional digging methods usually leave a lasting mark on the surface layers of the surrounding environment. Using soil transfer allows you to fill in your trenches or potholing projects without sourcing dirt from around your project site. Instead, you can use soil from previous projects and transport it to your current site to fill in any gaps.

Fewer greenhouse gas emissions - If you use air excavation for your digging projects, you won't have to transfer as much debris or soil away from your project site to a recycling centre. Instead, you can simply reuse it as you go. Reusing it reduces greenhouse gas emissions because you won't need as many trucks transporting debris to and away from your worksite.

Less debris left behind - At the end of a construction or civil works project, there are typically debris forgotten or left behind. This debris can sink into the surrounding environment and cause damage, especially if it's something containing chemicals or something that won't break down. Soil reuse removes this debris at the end of a project. They're recycled and used again, and there is a reduced chance that anything gets left behind. 

If you need help with soil reuse in Wellington or anywhere else in New Zealand, contact us. We'll come to your work site and perform fast and efficient soil transfer to keep your project within your deadline. 

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