Summary
You are a quarry operator, a developer or a public works contractor and you are not sure how to manage and recycle your excavated earth? The BRGM can provide support, from sampling to characterisation and treatment of these excavated soils.
Rehabilitation work on a brownfield site

Chantier de réhabilitation d’une friche industrielle pour reconversion résidentielle (valorisation "hors site" des terres excavées) (2013)

© BRGM - Fabien Lion

Your issues and needs

Every year in France, almost 130 million tonnes of earth are excavated for infrastructure and development projects. Considered as waste if it is removed from its site of origin (Waste Framework Directive 2008), this earth raises a number of questions concerning its reuse or disposal and requires specific treatment.  

Beyond the problems posed by the issue of polluted sites and soils, management of earth represents a major challenge for construction and demolition waste treatment. The potential for recycling or reusing this earth is particularly interesting, provided the environmental issues (protection of groundwater) and health concerns (protection of future users of the land) connected with its reuse as landfill for development projects are successfully tackled.

Our added value

Apart from its contribution to the production of the various guides on the characterisation and off-site management of excavated earth, the BRGM is committed to implementing a coherent strategy to support relevant players by:  

  • Producing territorial audits and feasibility studies to set up processes for the recycling of excavated earth through the creation of transit hubs;  
  • Developing sampling and characterisation methodologies for this excavated earth;   
  • Developing the technology for computer-based excavated earth exchange platforms in order to improve traceability
  • Developing pilot programmes for the treatment of polluted excavated earth and assessing their environmental impact;  
  • Ensuring sustainability of treatment solutions for excavated earth based on ageing tests and modelling tools;
  • Providing training in recycling excavated earth as part of polluted site and soil rehabilitation projects.
A construction machine, Austria

Vue d'un engin de chantier chargeant de la terre (Autriche, 2012).

© Photo 5000 - Fotolia

Analytical tools and platforms

Tools

Some references

A construction machine dumping earth

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