Clean Soil Bank

NYC Clean Soil Bank

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The NYC Clean Soil Bank 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 five years, the Clean Soil Bank has exchanged 500,000 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 NYC Clean Soil Bank advances resiliency.

Eligible Sites

A potential generating site must show that its soil meets the lower of NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's 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.

How to Apply

Parties interested in participating in the NYC Clean Soil Bank should fill out a soil availability (export) or soil request (import) form below and provide information about your project and schedule. Send the completed form to brownfields@cityhall.nyc.gov.

Clean Soil Bank Export Form
Clean Soil Bank Import Form


475,000 tons of soil recycled
500,000 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