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A builder may have left asphalt pieces under my back yard. Is this common?

Wayne Faulkner

The person who submitted this question sent MyReporter a picture of one of the pieces of asphalt found in the backyard.

Q. I recently had a home built by a well-known builder. In my backyard there has been some erosion due to rain. This erosion has uncovered what appears to be asphalt. Is this common practice with builders, where they put asphalt down and cover it with dirt?

A. It’s not a practice that the president of the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association has heard of.

Rocks may be used to remedy an erosion problem on a lot, said Deans Hackney, but those are on top of the ground, not buried.

Additionally, the material used is usually chunks of limestone known as riprap – softball to football size, used to slow water down, Hackney said.

You’ll see it lining waterways of drainage ditches. Using asphalt would be unusual.

Leftover building materials in general are taken to the county landfill, where the builder pays a fee. Many of the materials can be recycled, including asphalt, he said.


Can the landfill set aside construction waste so others can use it?

What area has the highest amount of new house building and development?

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