Presentation on theme: "Developing Re-Use Applications and Improving the Economic Benefits of Florida’s Waste Materials By Paul J. Cosentino, Ph.D., P.E. Howell H. Heck, III,"— Presentation transcript:
Developing Re-Use Applications and Improving the Economic Benefits of Florida’s Waste Materials By Paul J. Cosentino, Ph.D., P.E. Howell H. Heck, III, Ph.D., P.E.
Background Florida stockpiles large volumes of waste or recyclable materials –Examples: Waste Glass RAP Concrete Rubble and Dust Waste-to-Energy Ash –Engineering characteristics of these materials may be improved by adding common fill
Background (Cont.) Proper re-use would produce savings for Florida’s construction and landfill industries Florida’s construction boom has caused a large demand for quality fill Engineering properties of RAP improved by adding sand Blending is common practice and often economical
Objective Evaluate Florida’s candidate waste materials and improve their engineering behavior by adding conventional fill to make them economically attractive
Approach Two year project Nine Tasks to Accomplish Objectives
Flow Chart Reject Accept Identify Engineering Environmental and Economic Conditions Dry Rodded Unit Weight Evaluation Mix % Landfill Reject Fundamental Geotechnical Testing and Analysis of Blends Reject Sample Waste Materials Identify Re-Usable Waste Streams Consistency and Economic Impact Applications Accept Reject
Explanation of Tasks 1 – Identify Candidate Waste Materials 2 – Sampling 3 – Fundamental Geotechnical Testing 4 – Analysis of Testing 5 – Waste-Soil Mixing Program 6 – Waste-Soil Geotechnical Testing 7 – Analysis of Mixing Results 8 – Economic Impact of Re-Usable Materials 9 – Reporting, TAG Meetings & Specifications
Major Tasks Year 1 –Select candidate materials from facilities statewide –Perform fundamental geotechnical testing –Choose materials with minimal environmental concerns RAP, waste glass and concrete rubble and dust Year 2 –Perform Mixing Analysis –Evaluate Economics –Complete specifications describing proper use
Expected Technical Results Geotechnical engineering data base Summary of economic impact for re-using these materials Specifications
Anticipated Benefits Two end users groups will benefit: –Contractors who use soils and borrow materials in highway construction –Landfill operators at solid waste or construction and demolition landfills Suitable fill is becoming costly. Providing more choices, will control costs and save money. Re-use of waste materials diverts them from the waste stream, and reduces landfilling costs & increases landfill space.
Related Work A significant database of information exists to expedite the proposed work Waste products have engineering properties that fall short of those needed for re-use in highways –Waste-to-energy ash –Waste-glass –RAP
Follow-up FDOT has funded over a decade work in this area without concentrating on economics. A $261,000 24-month proposal has been funded to continue work on RAP and RAP-soil mixes. The funding request to the FCSHWM is considered a supplement to the FDOT work.
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