September 25

7 Construction Waste Management Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone loves a remodeled kitchen but the process to get there can be tedious and discouraging. The very first task, demolition, while sounding fun, can actually be the most difficult. After any demo, you’ll be left with a sizable amount of building materials that will need to be collected and disposed of. 

This isn’t material that you can just put into a garbage can. In fact, you may see that some of the waste material may be reusable. You’ll either have to make the arduous trip to the dump to get rid of the C&D waste or pay someone else to do it. There is also a third option, which is to take it to your local construction waste recycling facility, like Coastal Recycling.

There are several ways to make sure that you dispose of this waste properly and easily. By avoiding these common construction waste management mistakes, you can make sure this necessary part of a renovation project doesn’t take up too much of your construction budget or timeline.

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Common Waste & Disposal Mistakes Made on Construction Sites

Whether you are a seasoned contractor or a DIY home renovator, it’s hard to remember all the different types of mistakes that can occur with construction debris disposal. Here is a quick and easy checklist to make sure you are doing everything you can to successfully mitigate your construction site’s waste disposal.

1. Not having the right equipment

Here are some basic supplies everyone needs to have a safe and responsible worksite:

  • Waste and recycling receptacles
  • Proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for every worker or site visitor
  • Clearly labelled designated onsite waste area
  • Safety and Contingency plan

2. Mixing of Waste (Hazardous with Non-Hazardous)

Having clearly labeled receptacles for your waste disposal isn’t just a matter of keeping an orderly worksite. State law clearly states that hazardous materials must be disposed of properly and safely. In order to be in compliance with these laws, the first thing you must do is devise a method of keeping your hazardous and non-hazardous materials separated. If you don’t, you risk large fines, a longer construction timeline, or even jail time. Learn more about how to safely and legally dispose of hazardous materials.

3. Not properly labeling waste containers

It’s very important to have specific waste containers for different types of refuse material. This is because maintaining an organized worksite has been shown to increase productivity and keep project costs down. So be sure to have one container for landfill waste and one container for all your recyclable materials. Keeping your refuse correctly separated will also help to contain any hazardous materials to one specific area. Proper construction waste disposal is your responsibility. This is one of the easiest steps to take in avoiding construction waste management mistakes.

4. Ignoring State & City Regulations

We all know the areas that seem to attract illegal dumping in our area. Whether it’s a sofa left on the side of a muddy road or building debris dumped in a lake, no one likes to see refuse left in the uninhabited areas of our Florida landscape. Illegal dumping or littering can range from a $100 fine to a felony charge. To make sure that our Florida wildlands stay clean, it’s important to follow all local waste disposal regulations. If you have any questions about this, you can find more information here.

5. Inadequate Storage

Before you can haul away all the debris from your demolition job, you’ll have to have a safe place to put it. This means you’ll need to be sure to designate a specific area on the job site that is out of the way of foot traffic. The debris should also be stacked safely, so as not to fall on anyone passing by. You shouldn’t put these materials on public walkways or public streets, where they could cause an accident. If the debris will be sitting on your property for a long time before you can have it removed, you’ll need to ensure that it is properly and safely stored.

6. Keeping too much waste and debris on-site

Even if you have found safe storage for your debris, it’s still not a great idea to have too much waste. Not only will your neighbors be concerned, but you may also be fined by your local municipality. In general, you have about three days to dispose of construction debris properly. If you have hazardous materials, it’s important to keep them contained in a safe area and dispose of them swiftly so as not to contaminate your worksite. It may also be a good idea to schedule or plan for someone to haul away some of your debris in advance.

7. Disposing of the wrong material

Unfortunately, you can’t just throw away all the materials you no longer need. As previously discussed, some of the materials you’ll come across are hazardous materials that could pose danger for others. But you’ll also find that some, if not most, of the material that you do not need is perfectly suited to be recycled. If you are inexperienced, you may not know which materials can be recycled. For example, glass, drywall, and concrete are recyclable. If you aren’t sure if a material is reusable, you can always contact us with your questions to prevent any construction waste management mistakes. 

8. Establishing Better Waste Management Practices

Everyone can have a safe and effective waste management plan. With some forethought, you’ll be able to make sure your job avoids the top construction waste management mistakes. Here are a few tips you can follow.

  • Before going right to demolition, you can carefully consider which pieces can be safely removed and not destroyed. Remove glass panels and solid wood beams whole, that way they can be reused or resold.
  • Find reputable C&D recycling companies that can guide you as to the types of material they can recycle.
  • If you take time to consider your needs, you may be able to purchase less new building material, which will save you money. Be sure to plan accordingly.

Dispose of Your Construction Waste Responsibly And Conveniently

If you take some time to think out your construction debris removal process, you can avoid facing any penalties from local authorities. You’ll also find that you have a much more organized and safe worksite. Your remodeling project doesn’t have to be a headache. The team at Coastal Recycling Services are happy to answer any questions about our construction waste management solutions. We’ve helped contractors and DIY home renovators alike to safely manage their construction materials recycling needs. Please get in touch with us to learn how we can help you. 


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