Waste and soil processing, earthworks

Where in the Netherlands can you still find a site on which you can build straight away? Clean soil is a scarce commodity, but this is exactly the kind of challenge that Strukton Milieutechnology enjoys. It’s our specialist area, and it’s where we like to surprise our clients with intelligent solutions. And with ideas that cannot only save them time and money but are also good for the environment. Our secret? Finding the right combination. We are always looking for ways to change waste into building materials, to move waste as little as possible and to store it or re-use it close to where it came from. That way, decontamination is no longer a bothersome start-up chore but a valuable part of your project. It sounds simple. But it only works when you have the right knowledge and experience, when you plan it well in advance, and when you have the materials and the resources to put your ideas into practice.

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Re-using materials – a win-win situation

What can you do with all that demolition debris and contaminated soil, water or sludge? As far as we’re concerned, a great deal. We have the capacity to tackle almost every type of contamination. We process the materials so that they are turned into fully-fledged building materials that we can re-use. That way, we kill two birds with one stone. It means you have to dispose of less waste, but also that you don’t have to buy and transport so many costly building materials. And if you can’t re-use the building materials in your own project, we can always find somebody who can. Every so often, our efforts even result in a new golf course or a recreation park or, on one occasion, a brand new nature reserve. 

Waste materials turned into building materials

How do we turn contaminated materials into usable building materials? There are actually many different ways of doing that. By cleaning and drying them, for example, or by ‘immobilising’ them (where we add binding agents to make a concrete product that can be very useful during a project). Demolition debris can be processed so that it is very useful as surfacing when constructing roads or other surfaces. 

Minimum transport

Local residents have never been in love with trucks carrying heavy materials, nor are they very good for the environment. That is why Strukton Milieutechnologie does things differently. On or near the building site, we prepare a location at which special installations do their work. That means we can decontaminate soil or water, for example, on-site and then re-use the materials immediately – either on that particular building site or elsewhere, again proving the worth of Strukton’s network. In the meantime, the materials can be stored at one of our temporary storage locations dotted throughout the Netherlands. In short, by cleverly combining supply and demand we can radically reduce the need for costly transport kilometres. 

Disposal is always the last option

We always try to re-use or decontaminate waste materials. But sometimes you end up with waste that’s of no use to anybody. Needless to say, we make sure that this type of waste is conveyed away and processed safely, while complying strictly with the environmental legislation. We also carefully maintain the requisite environmental records in which all the processed flows of soil and waste are registered and accounted for. 

Not just safe for the environment

We often work under high pressure, with heavy materials and under special conditions − for example, at locations in densely populated urban areas with heavy traffic. In all cases, we’re very aware of the safety aspects, and we comply with the house rules of our clients at all times. Added to that, we use our own protocols and procedures, supported on-site with regular safety meetings and audits.

Waste processing, soil processing and earthworks are becoming more and more important in the total project and they need to be arranged even before the first spade breaks the soil. Given the way we focus on the environment and on tackling challenging issues in a smart way, we can justifiably say it has become one of our specialisations.

For more information see the websites of Grondbank Nederland, Afvalbank Nederland and Molhoek.