December 23

A Handy Guide to Construction Recycling

In 2018, over 600 million tons of construction and demolition waste were produced in the United States. Whether you manage a construction site or are simply having some work done on your house, you may be concerned about the amount of waste you’re producing. Luckily, construction recycling is not too difficult. Though most construction debris cannot be taken away by most curbside programs, you can find plenty of recycling services that will accept the waste.

For more information about how to recycle construction waste, read on. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about proper disposal.

The Basics of Construction Recycling

In the end, you’ll end up taking most of your waste materials to a dumpsite. These sites accept a wide array of construction and demolition debris and will handle the processing and cleaning. 

However, there are a few steps to take to make this process easier. The most important part of construction recycling takes place before you even finish the site!

Deconstruct, Don’t Demolish

When taking down structures and existing buildings, try to salvage any pieces that you can. Beams or other materials that retain their worth can be put to use with minimal processing. You may even be able to reuse them yourself — but more on that later!

Especially during remodels, you’ll be surprised at the amount of material that is still usable. Deconstructing before demolition will make recycling easier for all involved.

Sort Everything as You Go

It’s tempting to rent a dumpster and throw waste inside indiscriminately. But take the extra time to sort your materials as you go. Keep wood and metal in separate piles or containers, and sort all your concrete together as well.

This will make transportation to the recycling site more streamlined. You’ll be able to load all the acceptable material in sections.

Reuse What You Can

You may be able to reuse any salvageable materials that you find! Instead of taking them to a processing facility, you can incorporate them into your next site.

Recycling construction waste starts with you. Keep your carbon footprint low by reusing! You can even reuse your own concrete waste.

When to Visit a Recycling Service

Once you’ve checked which materials your local recycling site accepts, sort it into materials before heading out. There may be different drop-off sites for different waste.

If you don’t have a truck or trailer, don’t hesitate to rent a waste management vehicle. Taking all your waste at once is worth the investment.

Keep the Worksite Clean

We hope this article helped answer your questions about construction recycling. Cleaning up your worksite can be easy and good for the Earth! The large amounts of waste may seem intimidating, but you’re ready to dispose of them once and for all.

Once you’ve sorted and packed up your recycling material, take it over to Coastal Recycling Services. We’re devoted to keeping Jacksonville’s construction sites clean. Give us a call and see what we can do for you!


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