A third of the waste produced in the US is as a result of construction projects. Understanding how to deal with construction waste is key to safeguarding our environment. There are different types of construction wastes depending on the kind of project being carried out and the materials involved. Having this information is important because it helps you to understand what type of construction wastes can be recycled and how.
What materials can be recycled?
Construction materials like lead can negatively impact the environment when disposed of. Windows, doors, roofing materials, appliances and fixtures released as waste during construction projects can be used in other habitats instead of disposing them. Metals can be smelted and converted into other products. Trees and vegetation can be replanted or be used in the production of biomass fuel. Other items like lumber and paper can also be reused.
Reusing the waste in the project
During a construction project, materials like lumber cut-offs that may be considered as waste can be integrated back into the project. This type of reuse is usually applicable in remodeling projects. You just need to get creative and discover ways to reutilize the construction waste instead of disposing it.
Use standard dimensions during construction
One of the best ways to avoid producing too much construction waste especially in remodeling projects is by using standard dimensions. With standard dimensions, you will not have to cut out parts of items resulting in so many cut-offs that need to be disposed. If you can, stick to standard wood lengths during the building project and you’ll have few leftovers to get rid of.
Identify a suitable recycling center
Look for a recycling center that is close to where the construction project is being conducted so that recycling the waste doesn’t cost you a lot of time, money and effort. You can opt to transport the construction waste to the recycling point whenever you are carrying construction materials so that you don’t have to make additional trips.
Remove construction materials carefully
During construction projects that involve some form of demolition, care should be exercised so that the materials can be reused for construction. Appliances, fittings and piping can always be reused in the project if they are removed carefully and left in good condition. This will help the project owner to spend less on construction and also minimize the impact of construction wastes in the environment.
Recycling of construction wastes can actually lead to huge savings. For instance, if you don’t have to invest in new materials by using the ones which would be considered as wastes, it generates to more savings for the project owner. You may also sell some construction wastes to other parties who will modify it and use it in other projects. The cost of transporting or reusing the waste doesn’t have to cost you any money. You just need to develop a plan to manage the construction waste well and know how to use it to safeguard our environment while generating huge savings.