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Question DetailsAsked on 2/9/2017

do you accept fill dirt

we are an inground swimming pool contractor and have fill dirt to dump some where

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I really think Angies List's nice new building in Indy or their parking lot would fill up pretty fast if they accepted dirt from everyone wanting to give it away.

Seriously, this is a nationwide Question forum - so finding someone in your particular area looking for fill material is pretty unlikely, and Angies List does not have a for-sale forum - it has been closed for a couple of years now, so if you are looking to advertise its availability, you need to go to a local for-sale listing site, or Craigslist or such.

You probably need to contact local Excavation companies for bids on taking the material - and unless you can guarantee the quality of the material (unlikely, especially if you do not segregate topsoil and sod and random original construction cover fill or clearing debris from native soil, if that is decent fill material), unlikely that anyone will take it for free - especially since in a normal pool excavation operation that would require not only segregating the excavated material but also coordinating your backhoe with their truck availability at the time you are digging the pool, because neither you nor they would normally have the equipment on site to load the dirt out after you are done digging the pool hole.

Setting up an informal arrangement with a couple of excavation/dumptruck hauling companies to take your waste material when you are excavating a pool sounds like the deal - and find a waste fill disposal site in your area to use when they do not have another customer they can sell the fill to at that particular time.

Commonly, sanitary landfills will take common fill as long as it does not contain rocks over about 6" diameter or so, to use as daily cover fill - and they are almost always looking for clean clay or impervious silty soils for liner cover and top cover on the landfill. They commonly have daily dump areas where they will accept such material (and sometimes even pay for it), which they then doze to exactly where they want to use it that day.

Sometimes large developments or waterfront or airport fill projects are looking for fill over an extended period of time (sometimes for years), but that is almost always classified fill ony - so would require segregation of the materials, and they would generally only want the structural classification native soil, if that is good material.

Topsoil you would not normally have enough to justify finding a buyer for - though you might be able to scrape up the topsoil and sod and haul it to a topsoil shredding operation for free, for them to shred up and resell as topsoil. Some which are short of material will take that sort of clean topsoil - but requires careful stripping of only the topsoil off the underlying material, and sometimes they want the larger stones removed from it if there are any - and of course no construction debris in it.

Many quarries and gravel pits will accept such material - or sometimes only non-topsoil, non-clayey soils, so blend with their excavated gravel materials and resell as screened, graded material. Some will also accept other materials free for reclamation cover, as long as it is all natural material.

Otherwise you would be down to finding (through word of mouth probably or maybe Craigslist or such finding homeowners looking for a truckload or two) some project looking for random fill, a construction debris landfill needing cover material (they are not as particular about material type as sanitary landfills), or more commonly have to segregate it between waste fill or topsoil to one place, suitable random fill to another, and any structural or impervious fill to yet another - generally not worth the time and effort for your size operation.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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