Illinois CCDD Soil Testing

Clean Construction or Demolition Debris

According to Illinois law, “Clean construction or demolition debris (CCDD) is uncontaminated broken concrete without protruding metal bars, bricks, rock, stone, or reclaimed asphalt pavement generated from construction or demolition activities.”

As such, a CCDD facility is a current or former quarry, mine, or other excavation site accepting CCDD for fill. The State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires significant supervision of the sites to ensure that only CCDD materials are accepted.


No person can use CCDD as fill material unless they have obtained a permit from the Illinois EPA. CCDD facilities, also known as a clean fill site, must obtain certification from a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) that the soil is uncontaminated.

Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (MEC) provides CCDD soil testing and certification in accordance with Illinois EPA regulations. With our extensive knowledge of sampling regulations, we can provide you with all of the necessary services to comply with CCDD requirements. After collecting representative soil samples from your site, MEC will complete all required analysis to earn your certification stating the soil is not contaminated.

CCDD Soil Testing

Unlike landfills, CCDD facilities do not accept “waste” materials that are harmful to human health and safety or the environment. Landfills have the increased potential to produce toxic leachates which significantly increase the potential for contaminated groundwater resources.

CCDD is not considered waste as long as the filled area is not within the setback zone of a drinking water well and within 30 days after filling is complete, the CCDD is covered with uncontaminated soil, pavement, or some structure.

According to the IEPA:

“When uncontaminated soil is mixed with any of these materials, the uncontaminated soil is also considered CCDD. Uncontaminated soil that is not mixed with other CCDD materials is not CCDD.”