February 15

Where Should Jacksonville Homeowners Dump Construction Waste?

You’ve just completed the demolition of your do-it-yourself (DIY) kitchen and bathroom remodel and now you’re starting construction. Like most construction and demolition (C&D) sites, you’ve got a large bin or two containing your waste – flooring, tile, wood, drywall, pipes, cardboard – and probably plenty of stragglers strewn about the property.

Where can you dump this construction waste? Will it go straight into a landfill or is there a better option? Instead of dumping it, consider recycling and do your part to help save the planet – and your money!

Wondering where to put the waste from your home renovation?
Coastal Recycling Services can handle all of your residential construction waste disposal needs!

What Qualifies as Construction Waste?

Waste management is a big problem for those who have completed a construction or renovation project and when there’s been major demolition. You’re likely to have several loads comprised of various debris, such as wood, metal, glass, and other materials that are not just unsightly, but potentially dangerous, as well. It’s important to dispose of this debris in a proper and sustainable way.

Whether your project is large or small, it’s important to plan ahead for your waste, and we’re here to help by accepting all C&D waste in compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Below is a list of what materials Coastal Recycling Services will accept for drop-off recycling.

  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Asphalt roofing material
  • Piping
  • Wallboard and drywall
  • Lumber
  • Landscaping materials, such as rocks, soils, and trees
  • Clean cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Wood (unpainted and nontreated)
  • Metal scraps
  • Scrap shingles
  • Siding concrete
  • Similar materials

Support Mother Earth and Recycle

Recycling of all kinds has many benefits, some of which are commonly understood and others that may not be. Did you know that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour and that each person living in this country generates about 4.4 pounds of trash per hour, on average? Recycling saves energy, lowers greenhouse gases, reduces landfills, and conserves our precious natural resources, among other benefits.

Take paper, for example – just one ton of recycled paper will save 17 trees and approximately 7,000 gallons of water, along with 4,000 kilowatts of energy. That’s enough power to run an average home for six months. Not only that, but recycling materials that can be recycled frees up space in landfills for other materials that can’t be repurposed.

Recycling also creates employment and economic activities. As reported in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2016 Recycling Economic Information Report, in 2012, C&D material recycling created 175,000 jobs. Other benefits include reducing project costs by avoiding high disposal fees, tax benefits from donated materials, lower transportation costs, fewer disposal facilities and their environmental issues, less extraction/consumption of virgin materials, and conservation of finite landfill space.

Where Should You Dump Construction Waste?

Is the local garbage dump or landfill really the best option for disposing of your C&D waste? Where should homeowners in Jacksonville, Florida, dump their construction waste? When you’re considering debris disposition, consider doing the right thing. Sure, trash gets dumped at the landfill, but have you considered how much of your C&D material may be successfully recycled?

There’s really only one way to find out. You can sort it yourself, sure, but if you drive it straight to the landfill, it may all just get dumped. Don’t we have enough trash already?

What Happens at the Landfill Doesn’t Stay at the Landfill

One house flipper we work with decided to use us because of the difficulties she experienced during previous DIY remodeling projects. She loaded up the debris in her own truck and hauled it to the landfill, thinking she was doing the right thing by disposing of it in a responsible manner.

First, she had to grind her new Ford F-250 in four-wheel-drive over a rough, unpaved, muddy road with potholes. She told us she could feel the truck bottoming out from the weight of the debris and the uneven roadway, and as the debris shifted, she could almost feel it cutting into her truck liner. That can’t be good on a set of shocks, and now you’re in for an expensive car wash at minimum. 

Once she arrived at the landfill, she waited almost 30 minutes in line to reach the drop-off point with all the other previously shiny trucks and trailers hauling trash. She laughed when describing one SUV covered in mud and the idea that it might have been its first-ever off-road trip.

In the end, they charged her a king’s ransom to hand over the materials that could have (and may have been) recycled anyway. While there was the possibility they were not recycled properly, it’s also quite feasible they were later brought to a recycling location, which wasted more fuel for transport.

Dump Construction Waste at a Transfer Yard

Coastal Recycling Services is the leading C&D transfer service in the Jacksonville area. Our transfer yard, also known as a resource recovery center, is a processing site to temporarily consolidate and aggregate waste. We take in your waste, sort it to separate the recyclables, and ensure that the recyclable material makes it to the recycler so you can feel confident your demolition materials aren’t just being dumped into the Earth, like they would at a landfill.

Our transfer service does all the heavy lifting for you and we recycle up to 80 percent of your construction debris before taking the remainder to the landfill. We accept C&D refuse from contractors like roofing companies, landscapers, and home renovators, as well as from professional demolition companies, waste management and construction cleanup companies, as well as homeowners and house flippers. 

When you use our service, you skip the hassle of driving your construction debris to the landfill, waiting in a long line, and driving down a rutted, muddy road because ours is paved! Coastal Recycling Services can help you with all your renovation waste disposal needs.

Not Sure Where to Dump Construction Waste? Bring It to Us!

Now that we’ve delved deeply into recycling and its advantages over dumping construction waste in a landfill, you’re probably wondering, “Where can I find a recycling drop-off near me?” Well, we have good news. If you’re in the Jacksonville area, we’re right around the corner and ready to help you recycle your C&D waste. We share the same passion for environmental consciousness as you do, so let’s work together to make this planet clean and sustainable. We look forward to sharing our vision with you!


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