How can we align the life cycle of contaminated site projects with zero waste strategies?
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Many different office and field activities associated with the Federal Approach to Contaminated Sites (FACS) ten-step process can create waste throughout the lifecycle of a contaminated site project.

Consultants, suppliers and sub-consultants provide services to the federal government to reduce liability and/or be due diligent in terms of site management. These services are generally defined based on compliance, for example following field sampling protocols, but have also evolved from market demand and profitability constraints. Practitioners may not be considering implications of resources consumed and waste produced by their services and the federal project managers, don"t always have visibility on all the components of the FACS process that produce waste. Resource consumption comes at a cost to the environment and to future generations that we need to consider in all industry sectors, including contaminated sites. Like anything, it"s a fine balance, but we need to challenge the status quo together (i.e. industry and government) for the FACS process to be more sustainable.

This presentation will provide a high-level summary of the key strategies, policies and acts that promote greener and more sustainable lifecycle management of a federal contaminated site project or group of projects. Additionally, the presentation will discuss what zero waste is, and how it might be considered in the lifecycle of contaminated site management. The aim of the presentation is to provide the teeth/drivers for how and where we can potentially bring zero waste principles into the lifecycle of contaminated site projects. Additionally, this presentation will address ways government and industry could collaborate to discuss waste created, zero waste feasibility and waste reduction opportunities.

Publication Summary

  • Geosyntec Authors: Tracy Dannell
  • All Authors: Tracy Dannell
  • Title: RPIC 2021
  • Event or Publication: Event
  • Practice Areas: Contaminated Site Assessment and Cleanup
  • Citation: Geosyntec, Savron (a Geosyntec company), and SiREM (a Geosyntec company practitioners will present virtually at the Workshop from November 15-18, 2021.
  • Date: November 15-18, 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Publication Type: Platform Presentation