May 15

Where and How to Dump Construction Debris

When you think of where to dump construction debris, the first place that comes to mind is probably a local dump or landfill. Unfortunately, these places are hard to access, smelly, and even dangerous. In order to drop off your waste, you’ll need to travel down a muddy, rutted dirt road somewhere outside of town. Then you’ll have to wait in a long line of cars, trucks, and trailers hauling loose debris that can puncture your tire, crack your windshield, twist your ankle – or worse.

If you own or work for a contracting company involved in construction, plumbing, electrical, roofing, flooring, landscaping, or demolition, you’re very aware of the struggles involved in dumping debris in the landfill. You have better things to do with your day than sitting in line on a muddy road waiting to dump construction debris. For the sake of your own business (and our planet!), maybe it’s time to look for an alternative?

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Where You Dump Construction Debris Matters

Every contractor deals with a similar conundrum: how to charge a competitive price and do the best work possible while not going over the allotted timeline and budget and being forced into hurried, sloppy work. These challenges are exacerbated by even the smallest delays or cost overruns. Every bid is won or lost on timing, price, and the ability to complete a job with speed and quality. That’s why knowing the best practices for dumping construction debris really matters.

At Coastal Recycling Services, we can give you an advantage in price, time, and environmental impact for your bids by saving on waste disposal costs. Our construction material recycling facility and concrete dump site offers convenient C&D disposal for subcontractors and general contractors so you can get back to what’s most important – the project. Your company will benefit greatly from disposing of recyclable construction debris at our centrally located Jacksonville facility.

How to Collect Construction Debris

Establishing better waste management practices on a job site isn’t as easy as just determining where to dump construction debris. It also requires making changes to how the waste is collected and sorted onsite. It may even require some retraining of workers to ensure it’s being done right from the start. Let’s take a closer look at some dos and don’ts of debris collection.

Throw Everything In Waste Bins: Wrong

Back in the old days, tossing every bit of debris into waste bins was a common practice, from the largest construction site to the smallest home improvement project. But those days are over. Now we know how beneficial recycling can be for both the environment and our wallets.

Assume Everything Is Trash: Wrong

At our Coastal Recycling Services transfer yard, we recycle many items that were once considered trash. We accept many types of non-hazardous C&D materials in compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Depending on the type of job you’re doing, acceptable recyclable construction debris includes:

  • Glass
  • Brick
  • Steel
  • Concrete
  • Piping
  • Asphalt roofing material
  • Lumber
  • Paper
  • Wallboard and drywall
  • Landscaping materials like rocks, soil, and trees
  • Clean cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Wood (unpainted and non-treated)
  • Siding concrete
  • Metal scraps
  • Scrap shingles
  • Similar materials

Have Designated Areas For Materials: Right

Determining where to dump construction debris is just part of proper disposal techniques. This process actually begins with the organization of your worksite. You don’t want to let debris mix in with unused materials. This common practice is both dangerous and inefficient, and can lead to higher costs and a greater potential for injury across your entire project.

Have Conveniently Located Waste and Recycling Bins: Right

Maintaining different waste bins on the job site is an excellent step towards recycling and sustainability. A Site Waste Management Plan (SWMP) is a great way to outline how you conduct C&D disposal in a manner that is ethical, socially responsible, and cost effective. Given that an estimated nine percent of construction project materials go to waste, this can really drive up your project costs. An SWMP will reduce your costs and prevent loss from contamination due to hazardous substances released during the demotion process..

Not Explaining the Importance of Recycling to Your Team: Wrong

It’s important that your entire team understands the importance of your SWMP because recycling and conservation are team efforts. Train your staff on the intricacies of the SWMP and how to handle C&D materials to make the most of their reuse, reduction, and recycling potential. If you see a team member improperly dispose of materials, take the time to train them on proper procedures. Use pictures of videos during training sessions as needed to reinforce the use of appropriate bins and methods.

Make participation in the SWMP as easy as possible to give it the best chance for success. Use the right type and size of waste containers onsite so they’re accessible to anyone who needs them. Place waste and recycling containers near one another to reduce contamination. Also be sure to set responsibilities for each team member so they know what to expect and can easily abide by the directives.

Where to Dump Construction Debris

Be it a construction or demolition site, you’ll want an affordable and environmentally friendly method of disposing of C&D waste. We’re conveniently located in central Jacksonville and have been sorting, recycling, and disposing of demolition and construction debris since 2002. We recycle 80 percent of what’s brought to us and can accept up to 1,000 tons of waste daily. We can help with your debris disposal needs, whether they’re large, small, or anything in between!

In a Dumpster: Wrong

Just tossing every piece of debris from construction or demolition is not just wrong, it’s also very expensive. Those materials will never be recovered, so this is the most wasteful thing you can do. The entire process that leads to this point may prove quite costly and time consuming for the reasons outlined earlier. It’s important to not just monitor your site for waste, but also to ensure that a professional disposal company isn’t just taking the easy and lazy way out.

At the Landfill: Wrong

The materials that end up at the dump or landfill are lost forever. This can result in major environmental issues as those materials begin to break down and seep into the land. Many of your customers are quite aware of toxins and greenhouse gases emitted from landfills and they don’t want to be a contributor. They don’t want you to be a contributor, either.

At a C&D Waste Transfer Yard: Right

Our Coastal Recycling Services transfer yard is centrally-located in Jacksonville, making it easily accessible no matter where your job site is. At our facility you can take advantage of paved roads, a short wait time of generally 10 minutes or less, and our ability to sort your debris to reclaim usable materials. You’ll also benefit from a reduced carbon footprint from less greenhouse gas production.

Save Money, Save Time & Be Environmentally Responsible with Coastal Recycling Services

A few small changes and a little effort on your job site will reap huge rewards. We’re here to help you save money, time, and be a better steward to the environment. Your customers will also be pleased to know you’re taking the time to ensure the project isn’t harming the environment. At Coastal Recycling Services, we can help you improve your bottom line and reputation with your customers. If you’re interested in calculating your general cost to use our facility, check out our container cost calculator.


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