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Question DetailsAsked on 3/5/2017

What is nice red topsoil worth in Carbondale, Colorado

I'm digging a foundation, and have to get rid of approximately 500 cubic yards. It real good dirt, with a little sand, and red clay

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Does not sound like topsoil to me - sounds more like coal burned clay (from in-ground natural coalbed burns) or maybe volcanic residual soilm because ofthe clay (as opposed to weathered sandstone) - which would generally NOT be classified as a topsoil, and particularly if from a basement excavation is likely to have negligable ability to support growth - so from geologic, organic, and depth of excavation standpoint would probably not be a topsoil by any definition.

This would probably (especially if you make a compact ball or thread of it in your hands when it is moist) be classified as non-structural common fill - worth probably about $4-7/CY would be my guess, or if a locale where this is the common excavation fill maybe zero.

Sounds like you might be a contractor - I would make contact with excavation and site development contractors in the area to see if any need common fill - and also check with local landfill because they might find it suitable for daily cover or clay cap, which they will commonly pay for at going rates.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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