Did you know that construction waste makes up roughly one-third of all refuse across the United States? Hearing this, it’s made clear that any effort at all to make better use of our debris and existing building materials goes a long way. There are materials that get thrown into landfills that could get recycled which are harming our environment and our health. Examples include lead mixing with water rendering the water toxic and plasterboards that emit hydrogen sulfide, a poisonous gas when thrown into landfills. But there are ways to make use of what materials we have. We will be looking at five ways to help you with recycling your construction waste.
Build It Back Into The New Building
Recycling your construction waste can be done intelligently by integrating it into a new building. Sometimes, this happens in a very natural manner. When there are remodeling projects, walls are;t always took out. Sometimes, they just get redecorated or moved. You could use lumber cut-offs from wooden-framed constructions as a means of fire blocking.
Build To Standardize Dimensions
It’s possible that building projects will give you the chance to use some building materials in standard measurements. This could result in you having to do less cutting, which cuts down on waste. Recycling the remaining material also means you save time and effort on the cutting you would have done. Framing a layout can be planned ahead of time to abide by standard wood lengths, as an example. Using standard dimensions also makes it easier for recycling and reusing any leftover material you have.
Find Your Local Recycling Center
We want to emphasize the word “local.” If you’re taking too much time and effort to transport your construction waste for recycling, find a different method (such as avoiding waste). However, if your recycling center is close enough, find out their hours and what items they’ll accept. Then be sure to add the trips to your construction schedule and planning to make the smallest possible impact. As an example, maybe you’ll take waste to the recycling center while you’re getting new building materials.
Practice Deconstruction Rather Than Demolition
There are organizations in place in certain areas that remove reusable items that aren’t damaged so they can be reused in social housing projects. This could be a benefit to someone who pays for the project. If you can’t do this, another option is to have a yard sale for these items during your construction project.
Calculate The Savings
Recycling waste is more than a way to help the planet. It can also provide a chance for higher profits or reduce prices for consumers. There are many environmental and economical justifications for recycling construction materials, whether it be buying fewer materials for projects, recycling waste without the need to transport it, or reselling items that have value on the market. Using construction accounting tools can help you manage the savings you would make by recycling.
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