Demolition & Decommissioning

Tervita’s unique combinations of skills, experience and equipment have made us one of the industry leaders in industrial and commercial decommissioning, demolition and site preparation services.

We can implement work plans to complete projects of any size and complexity in a safe, cost-effective and timely manner. Drawing on our team's knowledge of waste management, our industrial demolition work plans identify disposal and management options for all waste recovered in a demolition project. From asbestos, insulation, steel, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and wood to plastics, chemicals, liquids, PCB sludge and dust, we can accommodate all waste management and asset recovery needs. We make sure that recovered and processed metals are resold or economically salvaged and recycled. Tervita has successfully completed numerous demolition projects across Canada and offers a multitude of solutions to meet your site-specific requirements.


Tervita has extensive experience in the decommissioning and demolition of various industrial facilities. Decommissioning industrial complexes present a variety of different challenges; from hazardous waste management and disposal, pond removal and remediation, as well as management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORMs). We have successfully decommissioned operating gas plants, oilsands plants, compressor stations, metal processing yards and sulphur facilities to name a few. Our expertise includes:


Tervita has demolished numerous offices, commercial and institutional buildings across Canada. Our experience includes schools & universities, hospital & municipal buildings, hotels, public transit storage & repair facilities and more. Our expertise in managing hazardous materials complements our service offering by handling any abatement, remediation or waste disposal required for your project. Key aspects of our services include:

  • Recycling and re-use of materials
  • Asset recovery
  • Hazardous materials abatement
  • Specialized demolition equipment
  • Additional expertise in deep-foundation excavation
  • Complex demolition plans, as work usually takes place in busy, populated areas


We have successfully decommissioned hundreds of above and below ground storage tanks ranging in size from 500 gallons to 50 million gallons. Our equipment and personnel provide our customers with as many in-situ and ex-situ remediation options as possible. Our complete services include:

  • Initial removal and disposal/recycling of the residual waste in tanks
  • Equipment to monitor the level of any explosive vapours in tanks
  • Excavation, removal, cleaning and disposal of tanks
  • Selective excavation and sampling of potentially contaminated soils
  • Transportation and disposal of any contaminated soils
  • Installation of replacement tank if required
  • Matching completed excavation site to surroundings
  • Hazmat Response Trailer


Tervita has completed several interior demolitions and hazardous material abatements. In line with our extensive health and safety policy and program, we ensure that hazardous materials are always handled safely and in compliance with federal, provincial and local regulations. We put stringent controls in place to minimize the impact of dust, noise and vibration on surrounding areas. Our interior dismantling and demolition capabilities include:

  • Duct/line cleaning and decontamination
  • Removal of hazardous materials
  • Removal of pre and post stressed slabs
  • Underground utility tracing and removal
  • Phases of selective interior demolition including utilities, walls, ceilings and floors


With over 10 million dollars in specialized demolition equipment, Tervita is capable of meeting your site-specific decommissioning, demolition and site preparation requirements. All equipment belongs to Tervita and all personnel who operate this equipment are employees of Tervita who have gone under extensive operator health and safety training. Tervita’s impressive array of demolition equipment includes:

  • Ultra-high reach telescopic boom (136’)
  • Cutting shears
  • Grapples
  • Crushers
  • Pulverizers
  • Hammers
  • Universal processors
  • Customized transport units


Tervita’s demolition and excavation expertise, project management skills, extensive asset list and comprehensive safety program combine to provide our customers with a timely, cost-effective and complete construction site-preparation service package. We offer the full suite of services required for a site-preparation project including:

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