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Tips for Cheaper and Greener Construction Waste Disposal

July 18th, 2017

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Construction waste disposal is not only expensive, but it’s also damaging to the environment when not approached strategically. Whether you are a contractor, building owner, or a homeowner doing renovations, you’ll find that your projects are going to create a massive amount of waste.

Sending everything straight to a landfill might be a logical first choice, but it’s probably not the best option for the environment. According to EPA figures, 534 million tons of construction debris was generated in 2014 alone. These include materials such things as concrete, tile, lumber, carpet, steel, plastic, and drywall.

Even if you wanted to send all of these items straight to the dump, this many not be an option for much longer.  Unfortunately, landfills are becoming so overcrowded with waste that their restrictions are becoming more rigid. Here are several tips for cheaper and greener construction waste disposal that you can begin applying to your next construction or renovation project.

1. Work Smarter

Better and cheaper waste disposal almost always comes down to having a superior plan in place. Some of the construction debris sent to landfills is actually unused materials, so one way to save money and reduce waste is to have better estimating programs in place.

When you do need to dispose of materials on a worksite, create a packaging and disposal strategy ahead of time. For example, large hollow items such as sinks and bathtubs should lie open side up in a bin so they can also be filled with waste. Only spring for expensive contractor bags when there aren’t any other alternatives to hold waste.

2. Recycle Materials

One of your goals should be to set aside as much construction debris for recycling as possible. RecycleWorks reports that new construction sites in the U.S. produce an average of six pounds of waste per square foot of construction. Some construction debris items that you can set aside for recycling include asphalt, concrete, wood, metals, tile, porcelain, carpet, and dirt. When you create your construction debris plan, set aside separate areas to collect items that should be taken to a recycling facility.

3. Re-Use Construction Materials

Another option for your construction debris is to either reuse the materials yourself or sell them to a company that can integrate the waste into their own building plans. For example, old windows and doors are often reusable as-is or with some minor repairs. Fixtures such as sinks and bathtubs may also be re-used on other projects. Vegetation and trees that are removed from one construction site can be transplanted to help fill out the landscaping plan of another.

4. Outsource Materials Removal

Handling all of your construction debris in-house isn’t necessarily the cheapest or most efficient option. It’s a challenge in itself to haul hundreds if not thousands of pounds of debris away from a work site, and this is a task that you want to be completed on a regular basis. Many professional services will combine hauling away construction debris along with materials that are designated for recycling, which will save you money long-term.

Whether your current project is considered a sustainable or “green” building project or not, there are ways to tailor construction waste disposal so that it has less of an impact on both the environment and your project’s bottom line. The most effective means of waste disposal is to carefully plan and sort materials so that your materials recycling and re-use programs will have the greatest impact.

Key Factors In Demolition Hauling

January 27th, 2016

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Demolition is not just a matter of knocking down a structure. That is, in many ways, the easy part. The safe and efficient removal of the demolition debris is a key factor that many people pay no heed to. Proper removal of construction debris will not only make site preparation for the new construction easier, it will also prevent the spread of toxic materials that are released at the time of demolition. When looking for a construction debris removal company, using one that offers an end to end service will ensure that the process goes smoothly. Among the services that should be offered are:

  • Spa, shed and hot tub removal: The Company should have the capabilities to remove not only the shed and tub but also the old deck retaining wall, fence or arbor etc. If the wood is unpainted, the company should arrange for it to be recycled. The rest of the materials should be disposed off responsibly in an environmentally friendly manner. Before hiring a company, check on the availability of the required equipment and its experience in such work.
  • Swimming pool demolition and removal: Demolishing a swimming pool is a complex job that only experienced companies can take up. Not only does the concrete have to be broken up and hauled away, the hole must be left in a condition that makes the installation of a new pool easier. If a replacement is not planned, the hole will have to be filled, compacted and made smooth so that space is ready for landscaping or any other use.
  • Experience in a wide range of demolition: From fence demolition to brick removal, concrete drilling and more, each type of demolition and hauling presents its own challenges. Having the job done the right way depends on the experience of the people involved.
  • The right machines and people: Whether you need to have excavation or trenching done, structure removal or excavation, the right equipment, such as backhoes and bobcats, ensures that the job is done not just properly, but also quickly and economically. The equipment used should not only have the required attachments for the job to be done, the project supervisor and machine operators must have the skill to be able to use the machines in the right way. If the space available is not enough for heavy equipment to be used, the company should have a crew that will break the concrete by hand and then use wheelbarrows and other equipment to carry it out to the hauling trucks.

Removal of trash and construction debris is not a glamorous job. But it is an essential one. You don’t want to inflict the sight of the debris on your neighbors any longer than you have to. And you do not want to expose them to the dust and toxic material that the demolition will cause. Demolition is always a headache, but using the right hauling company will minimize the hassles and ensure that the debris is disposed of in the right manner.

 
 
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