Redevelopment: Where does all the demolition waste go? |

Redevelopment: Where does all the demolition waste go?

Adam Jensen

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Porfirio Opailo Silva stands in front of a large pile of debris at the former site of the Holiday Lodge on Lake Tahoe Boulevard on Wednesday afternoon. Silva and his demolition crew were only one of many crews working to clear the way for the $410 million convention center project.

With the exception of hazardous materials, debris from demolished buildings in the Stateline redevelopment area won’t be headed far from the foundations on which many of the structures stood since the 1950s.

Asbestos has been found in all but one of the buildings slated to be demolished in the redevelopment area. The carcinogen will require special disposal at Altamont Landfill in Livermore.

Remains of the 76 gas station, which stood on the corner of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and State Line Avenue, have also required extra attention. Cleanup of the gas station has been handled by international energy company, ConocoPhillips.

“Their people came in and did that removal. They took care of the whole site and basically just left us with the dirt to build on,” said Lake Tahoe Development Co.’s Kevin Lane, who is in charge of the project. “They haven’t come up with any contamination that I was notified of.”

Dispensers and pipes from the gas station remain at the site awaiting analysis of what, if any, hazards the parts pose to environmental and human health.

Other than these materials of special concern, most of the old buildings won’t end up far from the South Shore.

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The transfer station run by South Tahoe Refuse Company is the closest possible disposal site, but getting rid of the waste in Carson City cuts out a middleman.

“(Carson City landfill) is where they take their material anyway, so it’s better for us to load up the trucks and take it down there ourselves,” Lane said. “We would fill (the transfer station) up.”

Wood products make up the bulk of the debris with few pieces of high-demand recyclable material, like steel or copper.

“Because of when the structures were built, they don’t have a lot of recyclable materials. But we will recycle all of the footing and foundations,” Lane said.

These asphalt and concrete materials will be ground up and used as road base back on site.

Even the wood products, not directly recycled by Lake Tahoe Development Co., have hope for a second life after they reach Carson City’s landfill.

“That material is chipped up and shipped out for use as biofuel,” said Ken Arnold, public works operations manager for Carson City.

Although the wood chips are handled by a subcontractor, many of the chips coming from the landfill will be burned for electricity and heat in Northern Nevada Correctional Facility’s biomass utilization facility, according to Arnold.

Lane expected demolitions for the Stateline redevelopment to be completed before the Fourth of July weekend.