Anica Oaks https://www.waredisposal.com 2m 419
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When it comes to constructing a new building or remodeling an existing one there is some critical planning to do in terms of waste storage and removal prior to starting the job. As with all job sites, you will need a designated area for waste disposal. While this used to mean a single dumpster that could be emptied weekly, things have changed regarding refuse removal. Responsible waste disposal and recycling of materials are now front and center. Here are some ways you can manage the scraps and debris from a construction project.
You can start by having clearly labeled dumpsters and pods. A pod is a lockable storage unit where reusable cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures can be stored. Dumpsters are not only intended for trash. They can also be used for construction recycling. One dumpster should be for general refuse that will end up in a landfill. Another dumpster can be for wood, another for scrap metal, and another for masonry scraps. Always have a trash can and a recycling bin available for the crew to toss their lunch waste and to recycle plastic, glass, and aluminum beverage and meal containers.
It may surprise you that there are many non-profit organizations that will gladly accept donations from construction projects. The most commonly donated items are kitchen and bathroom cabinets, repairable appliances and air conditioners, water heaters, some HVAC units, plumbing fixtures, and lighting. Organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and Americares, might be interested in taking items that are in relatively good condition. Think deconstruction not demolition.
There are several construction materials that can be recycled. Steel is an extremely useful metal because it can be 100% repurposed. Copper pipes and gutters are actually worth some money. Wood scraps can be used as nailers and blocking. Other wood scraps can be chipped into garden mulch. Sawdust and wood shavings are the base material for MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) that is used for trim and cabinet doors. Bricks and concrete can be crushed and used as fill.
It may appear that an organized and eco-friendly construction site is a drain of both time and labor resources. However, the benefits outweigh the efforts put forth. An organized job site is a safer environment. Donations of materials can bring some tax benefits for you. Selling reusable metal components can offer cash rewards. Intelligent recycling of scraps can also bring economic rewards and shows respect for the environment by not contributing to the current overburdened landfill situation.