Construction waste is a tough issue. In 2017, 569 million tons of waste was generated by U.S. job sites in construction and demolition (C&D), according to the EPA. That is more than double other solid waste categories.
All in all, C&D waste just from our country accounts for between a quarter and a fifth of the world’s C&D waste annually. Just between 2013 and 2025, the world’s C&D output will double to 2.2 billion tons annually, according to research firms.
To dispose of construction waste sustainably, you need a plan and a partner. When you need construction waste disposal, remember this quick primer.
Let’s break it down!
The Ins and Outs of Construction Waste Disposal
When you build something, there’s a surprising amount of waste left over. Between the leftover lumber, broken concrete, and cut-off steel and tin, you’ve got a pile to take care of.
That means you’ve got to weigh your options, not just your waste. Typically there are four that matter most.
Recycling seems to be a popular option these days, because most products can be broken down into their components, melted down, or turned back to dust or pulp. It isn’t a bad option, but you still have to get it off of your property and to the appropriate facility.
Construction materials are no different. It is less wasteful, overall, to recycle what you can. But there are other options if the product is non-recyclable or hazardous.
Reusing material not only saves you money but reduces waste and recycling. This also saves you money by merit of not having to load up your construction dumpster and get it hauled away as often.
Do you really have to throw away half a two-by-four just because it isn’t usable on another section of the building? Chances are you may have other uses for it on-site, such as for a shim or another handy repurposing project.
If the cost came out of the workers’ pockets directly, chances are they would find a use for it.
Increasing efficiency and reducing extra materials on-site can reduce waste as well. Measure twice, cut once isn’t just a maxim to save time, but also valuable building materials. Reducing mistakes drastically minimizes not only your overall cost of a building project, but also time, which saves payroll costs.
Dispose of Construction Waste
If you absolutely cannot reduce, reuse, or recycle your C&C waste, you have the option of throwing it out. When a job site dumpster is full, the waste will be brought to a landfill, where the waste will be sorted and what can be recycled will be recycled.
Dispose of Construction Waste The Right Way
Now you know how to dispose of construction waste the right way. No matter how much reduction, reuse, repurposing, and recycling you try to implement in your construction workflow, there will be waste.
Let Coastal Recycling Services take the load off for you. We specialize in sorting, recycling, and finding the proper dumpsite for your construction waste to save our beautiful Florida ecology for future generations.
We put value in doing things the right way. Not only does it save you money to do things the right way, but it saves the planet little by little.
Need a construction waste disposal and recycling company to manage your job site waste? Call us today!