It is no surprise that construction projects can produce a large amount of waste – and often, this is not disposed of appropriately. Properly disposing of construction waste can have a positive impact not only on construction sites but on the planet as a whole. But what is construction waste management and how can you more carefully dispose of this waste?
We take a closer look at how to reduce construction waste, and the role that construction waste management professionals can play.
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What Kind of Waste is Created By Construction Projects
When exploring construction waste management, it is important to gain a clear understanding of what kind of waste can be created by construction projects. So, what is construction waste? This will largely depend on the size, scale and type of construction project that is being carried out, but there are some common waste types.
Bricks and concrete, wood and various types of plastic, cables and cement, as well as paint, can be seen at a range of construction sites, and all can be considered construction waste. Insulation and ceramics, glass, metal, and various adhesives are also common.
Linoleum and carpet can also be viewed as construction waste, as can more natural waste products such as soil and dredging. This waste can be created on small domestic extensions and large building projects alike, and can even be found when light DIY tasks are being carried out.
How is Construction Waste Disposed of?
Construction waste is disposed of in a number of ways. Light, DIY construction waste is sometimes simply placed with household waste (which can be dangerous if the waste contains chemicals or sharp edges). When it comes to construction waste, it should not be disposed of in such a manner – specialised waste facilities may be necessary for some materials.
Using such centres also means that some waste can be recycled, reducing environmental impact. On some sites, skips may be brought in for non-toxic waste, such as wood, tiles, and bulky waste that needs to be transported en masse.
How is it Recycled?
Not all construction waste is suitable for recycling, but specialist facilities are able to handle certain waste items and recycle rather than dispose of them. For example, PVC can undergo processes which break down and clean the material. It can then be reused as window frames or similar building materials.
Concrete and bricks can be crushed and broken down, cleaned and sorted, and then used for concrete aggregate. Steel is one of the world’s most recycled materials, as it can be melted down and reused easily.
How to Reduce Construction Waste
Construction waste can be reduced in many ways – perhaps the most important comes before you have even begun your project. When ordering construction materials, it is common to order more than necessary in order to account for errors during the project. However, if you order enough to cover errors but not an excessive amount, you will reduce the amount of waste created and save money on the order. Having the site surveyed by an expert quantity surveyor can help you to achieve this.
Ensuring that you reuse any materials that are still in good condition can also support waste reduction. This can mean assessing older buildings thoroughly to check whether the materials can be retained. This also feeds into understanding how to properly recycle your materials, and taking the time to choose materials that can be recycled most easily.
Consider an Experienced Waste Brokerage Company
Construction waste can present a challenge for any size of project – and working with an experienced waste brokerage company can make it much easier. With the right experience, a waste brokerage company can safely dispose of your materials in the best possible way, reducing the stress associated with construction waste.
The Waste Brokerage Company can provide support across the UK with national skip hire to suit a range of needs, as well as experience in dealing with confidential waste and more. Whatever materials you work with, get in touch to discuss how they can meet your requirements and reduce your waste.