Dealing with soil, rock and sand on site

Published 27/9, 2021 at 14:09

Although NASA’s ‘Ingenuity’ drone helicopter landed on Mars, the earth continues to be the only planet we can inhabit. The soil we live on is a non-renewable resource and needs to be preserved by any means necessary.

When it comes to managing excavated soil, the first form of safeguarding the material is reusing the soil, which leaves the environmental quality unchanged. The focal point is that excavated soil is not waste needing to be thrown away, but becomes a valuable resource for everyone involved. Companies and operators aim to recover a large amount of soil to use it again on the job site or in neighbouring areas. 

In order to do this, one of the necessities is to separate the different types of extracted material to reuse the soil. With the right equipment, the solution is within reach. One such case happened in Quillagua, a small Chilean town in the Antofagasta province (National Geographic magazine considers this town the driest place on the entire planet which has seen in the past 40 years barely 0.2mm of rainfall). On this barren land, a MB-S18 screening bucket has been used to select sand and reuse it to cover solar panels’ cables. Due to the location’s particularities and the operations, the case has gained plenty of media coverage. 

The screening and crusher bucket combination has won over many operators in the industry who have used it both for operational efficiency and economic performance. They’ve obtained lower operating, maintenance, and logistics costs while increasing how quickly they can execute and work on their project.  Illustrating this, in Croatia, a company works on several construction sites and solved the problem of separating rocks from soil using an MB-S18 screening bucket, which is easily transported and used at any location. Before this solution, the company took the excavated soil to another site leading to expensive management and transportation costs.  With its attachments, MB Crusher provides a solution to companies who manage soil, excavated rocks and sand while maintaining the soil’s quality and functionality. There are several advantages: the environmental benefits, the company becomes more ethical, they respect the complex regulations, and the construction site enjoys a positive economic turnaround. 

Another concern surrounds excavated rocks containing polluted materials. Even in this situation, MB Crusher’s units provide an excellent solution to reduce the soil contamination. The B-HDS320 shaft screener bucket was recently used in China to move polluted earth and mixed it with other products that neutralized pollution. Excellent quality soil was obtained quickly and allowed the company to use it immediately. The biggest advantage provided was that the MB-HDS sorting bucket is able to change its rotation shafts directly on the job site, providing the facility to switch from one material to another whenever necessary. 

From the examples, it can be seen that through using the right equipment it is possible to speed up operations, improve profitability and limit negative environmental impact when excavating. Thanks to MB Crusher’s units, companies who want to be more environmentally focused have been able to deal with the problems present, improving protection to the environment and grow their ‘ethical’ reputation and thereby gaining requests to undertake similar work.

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