Removing some tainted dirt

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Go-Green Lawn Care, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. Go-Green Lawn Care

    Go-Green Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    OK, to make a long story short, I have a customer that is totally organic. She hired someone to do a job for her a few months ago, and the guy came in and did some leveling with some "dirt" that could have came from anywhere (had large pieces of glass in it and some other "trash"). Well this customer is trying to get "organic certified" to sell her fruits, vegetables, or whatever. The soil test she got was inconclusive to herbicides and heavy metals, and she fears this will interfere with her certification. So she wants the soil removed as part of the job she wants done. Have any of you guys done this before, how much should I charge, and where would you dump it? (and don't say the side of the road)

    It's probably around 1 cubic yard of dirt total. Thanks.
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sounds like an easy thing to remove, a yard of dirt. she really needs to speak to her certiifier and ask which direction keep her certification, that is the bottom line keeping the certification in tact

    If you want to keep the dirt there, blast the piss out it with staright compost tea a couple times, if you are using our stuff grow it out in a bucket overnight in some water. The microbes will use what ever is there as food and will bio-remediate it very quickly. 3 applications a week a part and the bad guys will be toast
  3. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    WHOA bill, metals are harder and a real pain with the cert folks, you need worms, lots of worms, the heavy metals will accumulate in there body's, after a while you just take the worms, now you have a living ball of lead mercury and chrome zinc, you have to dry the worms and take them to a incinerator that handles toxic goop! you will get some looks at first but after you say what you did they will understand. we have done 2 super fund sites real easy that way, petro chems need the herd to eat it and pest herbs, those usually need some sun and oxygen to get gone.

    Bill is correct that you will need some tea, his is just perfect to get the #s you will need, don't get just one kit get 30 !!!!!and lay it down every week for month's!!

    I would start with getting that stuff out of there so no watchful eyes see, SE..........

    and the worms........ that's why we don't sell the toxic little buggers, they get used up and sent out, then we re seed the beds with good worms from the other beds. only one bed gets used for the bad stuff, and that casts gets used in a non exposure site, not that it has any thing wrong with it after the worms get to it, just don't take chances!
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is only 1 yard .... remove it.
  5. treegal1

    treegal1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    and do what with it?? land fill, ship it out of state, take it to the woods?

    that's the reason we have pollution make more or ship it out to some other place, no one says not to make more or how to get that thing back down to its parent form or a more stable/safe form. i say let him bioremediate it some where else, the metals are the gravest concern.
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    Dig a big hole and bury it.
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,308

    How about using it on a site that isn't concerned about organic certification. It is, after all, only a yard, not even enough to fill the bed of a full size pickup.
  8. Go-Green Lawn Care

    Go-Green Lawn Care LawnSite Member
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    It actually looks like it came from a construction site to begin with. That why she's worried. Could have anything in it. Oil, Gas, Diesel fuel, Arby's sauce, you name it.
  9. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,372

    I think he is saying that after you remove it to put it on such a site.
  10. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    He is she. :)

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