Construction isn’t known for being a tidy act of creation. On the contrary, it produces waste in impressive quantities, which usually finds its way into a single landfill. This not order misuses resources, but puts an unnecessary burden on the environment. Recycling has been associated with domestic waste – glass, plastic, old furniture and composting organic waste, but the same process applies to construction waste.
What you need to research is which materials allow themselves to be recycled and which are a lost cause, because some materials contain toxins or have suffered too much damage to be of any use. Properly tackling the recycling of your construction waste also keeps the cost low for building waste removal – a service that relies on volume. The more you have to dispose in the tip, the higher the price for transportation will rise. In the end, you’re helping yourself while helping the environment.
Excess Wood & Timber: You’re renovating and stripping the old wood from constructions or you’re left with wooden chips and pieces from fresh wood that has been cut to match with your vision. These scraps don’t look like much – certainly can’t be used in future projects, but they serve a purpose. This wooden material can be ground or re-milled for different purposes. At the same time, you’re saving new trees from being cut down for their timber.
Drywall: Common building material and popular construction waste. Incredibly versatile as a whole, you can store the drywall pieces for later fixes (drywall is excellent for patching up) or as a support for wet concrete that needs to maintain a certain shape. If you’re into gardening, you’ll be happy to learn drywall can me ground and used as a potent fertilizer thanks to high levels of boron in its makeup.
Metals: Should construction leave you with metal scraps – steel and copper in particular. You can make good coin by sorting out the metals and selling them. Steel is always needed so it’ll never be turned down, while copper has become incredibly valuable and remains in demand. You should be well warned that copper inspires petty thefts on construction sites, so keep all your copper well-hidden.
Concrete and Rubble: Perhaps the most perplexing material to recycle. After all, rubbles is by many considered to be part of the earth and therefore should belong in landfills where it’ll be reabsorbed. However, it’s not really quite that simple. Because of its chemical compounds, concrete and most masonry don’t have a happy reunion with Mother Nature and in most cases the rubble is brought to special recycling facilities. There the concrete and rubble are crushed to finest powder and ready to be used again. Next time, you hire construction waste removal, check whether you can’t have it deposited with such recycling plants.
These are the basic recyclable groups, which most often occur in construction projects in great quantities. It would do you good to consider how to minimize the strain on the environment as well as keep the budget on waste clearance as low as possible. Hopefully, I’ve given you solid direction.