Digging Deeper: Soil Recycling

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Digging Deeper: Soil Recycling

You’ve come for the dirt on us and we’ll give it to you. Much like the air you breathe, you may not think to much about the stuff but soil forms not only a key part of any build, but any life. Our brand was built on the sustainable approach to reusing and improving soil from construction sites. If you’re new here, you might have a few questions. Luckily, we have a few answers.

What is soil recycling?

It’s got nothing to do with your dirty yellow recycling bin. Soil recycling is the process of converting onsite topsoil into quality soil for reuse. At SRC, this is an onsite process that involves blending amendments designed to enhance the finished product.

Why is soil so important?

There’s a lot to a pile of dirt when you dig a little deeper. Soil is a vulnerable and essentially non-renewable resource. In the big picture, soil is as important a resource as water, without all the hype the ocean gets. The stuff between your toes provides nutrients and an anchor to the roots of plants and in turn, our ability to grow food and life. In fact one hectare of topsoil, that’s 10,000 square metres of the most productive soil layer, can contain up to 5 tonnes of living organisms. This layer can take up to 500 years to form a 2cm thickness, so if we think practically, its essentially non-renewable.

Soil wears a lot of important hats beyond just food production. It is a key factor in supporting the landscape, ecological habitats and biodiversity of the world as we know it. It would be amiss to ignore the large social function soil plays, providing the basis for green space, including gardens, playing fields and public open space that we enjoy. The more you dig, the more that pile of dirt you see suddenly becomes an important part of how people live.

Why would I want to recycle my soil?

Turning your topsoil into quality soil comes with a long list of perks. On a sustainable note, soil recycling assists in protecting and enhancing the resources you already have on site, which leads to wider environmental benefits. Reading between the lines, you’re using what you already have which saves you time and money on site. This process also means you may be closer to achieving your companies sustainability targets and be closer to meeting legal obligations regarding waste control.

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