Clean Soil Bank

NYC Clean Soil Bank

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The NYC Clean Soil Bank (CSB) recycles clean native soil from deep excavations at construction sites to other NYC construction sites, both public and private, that need it. The soil is free except for the cost of trucking it between sites. In seven years, the CSB has exchanged over 600,000 tons of clean native soil.

Retaining clean soil in the city rather than disposing it beyond the city brings many environmental and financial benefits including:

  • reduced number of truck miles driven
  • reduced fuel consumed
  • reduced greenhouse gases emitted from truck transportation
  • an abundant source of natural, clean native soil to raise land elevation, build wetlands and berms, and fortify shorelines to protect against flooding from coastal storms.
Visit OER Community to learn more about how the CSB advances resiliency.

Eligible Sites

A potential generating site must show that its soil meets the lower of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Part 375-6.8(b) Residential and Protection of Groundwater soil standards.

Receiving sites include public construction projects, projects that advance social equity goals, and projects that remediate contaminated land and reduce exposure to pollutants in surface soil.

Beneficial Use Determination (BUD)

DEC has granted OER a BUD for clean soil eligible for the CSB and clean soil distributed from the City’s new CSB Forbell Stockpile located at 830 Forbell Street, Brooklyn, NY.

Pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement between DEC and OER dated October 1, 2020, “DEC … agrees that soils cease being regulated as solid waste pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 360 when characterized at the site of generation as eligible for the CSB and on arrival at OER-designated soil storage facilities or destinations of beneficial use, provided CSB notification and manifest procedures are followed for all CSB soil transfers…” (emphasis added).

All soils accepted at, and generated from, the CSB Forbell Stockpile are clean and exempt from 6 NYCRR Part 360 regulations. Notwithstanding any conflicting specifications or requirements, this material is suitable for beneficial use.

How to Apply

Parties interested in participating in the CSB should fill out a soil availability or soil request form below and provide information about your project and schedule. Send the completed form to stockpile@oer.nyc.gov.

Clean Soil Bank Request Form
Clean Soil Bank Availability Form
600,000 tons of soil recycled
600,000 tons of soil recycled
1.6 million truck mile reduction from soil recycling
1.6 million truck mile reduction from soil recycling
2,300 metric ton CO2 reduction from soil recycling
2,300 metric ton CO2 reduction from soil recycling