Every construction project generates huge amounts of construction rubbish. The cost of disposing of construction rubbish includes the cost of loading it, transport to the dump, as well as the tip fees. These costs can be huge on the average construction project.
In an effort to reduce these costs some contractors resort to dumping the rubbish illegally on vacant lots, which could result in monetary fines and bad publicity, as well as incurring the costs to clean up the mess when they’re reported to the authorities. This is environmentally insensitive – would you want some contractor dumping construction waste in your neighbourhood, would you want your rates and taxes used to clean up someone else’s rubbish? Anyway, some construction waste is dangerous. Asbestos could blow into neighbouring properties, kids could be cut on broken glass and ceramic tiles, and farm animals could choke and die from ingesting plastic, all of which could lead to legal action against the offending contractor.
Other contractors choose to bury construction rubbish on the project site. This is also illegal and will upset clients should they uncover the rubble while they’re landscaping their property or building other structures. Indeed they’re entitled to call the offending contractor back to clean up the mess, or they could deduct the clean-up costs from the contractor’s retainage money or their bonds.
Some rubbish, such as paints, oils, and asbestos, must be disposed of correctly in special locations. Mixing these materials with the general waste on the project will contaminate all the rubbish, requiring all the material that is now contaminated to be disposed in special locations at additional costs.
Construction waste could include packaging from construction materials (including cans, plastic, pallets, timber, strappings and polystyrene), damaged materials which can’t be used, defective work that had to be demolished, broken materials, offcuts, excess materials, materials which were mixed and went hard before they could be used, vegetation which was stripped from the project site, topsoil, unsuitable ground and rock, excess ground from excavations, rubble from existing structures which had to be demolished, as well as the usual trash from workers, such as food wrappers, cans and more.
Avoid costs by reducing construction waste with these 14 tips:
Look around your construction project
Always designate specific areas for construction rubbish and ensure that papers don’t blow around the site or into neighbours’ properties or block drains. Check that subcontractor clear their construction rubbish. Get everyone on your project onboard to eliminate unnecessary waste.
Have a look in your project’s skip waste bins and rubbish piles. You might be shocked at what you see. There could be several hundred dollars of good materials and equipment being thrown away. Consider how you could reduce the amount of waste. How can you save money on your project and improve the environment by managing the waste on your construction project better?
How much trash will your project send to the dump?
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17/7/2020 07:14:12 pm
1/11/2020 06:02:42 pm
very insightful article that everyone involved in the business must read.
4/1/2021 05:21:14 pm
Really insightful and in-depth article. Very useful for people who are looking to build sustainable structures.
7/1/2021 08:24:23 am
Nice article. I particularly liked what you suggested relating to the 14 ways to reduce construction waste.
7/1/2021 02:57:32 pm
I am thankful that this post shared that a dirt contractor can help us in managing our waste in the event of a construction work. Assuming that I need to have waste or dirt removed, it would be wise for me to hire a contractor. I will definitely keep this information in mind for future records.
18/2/2021 05:43:54 pm
The facts that have been discussed here are really important. Thank you so much for sharing a great post.
18/2/2021 06:26:24 pm
Don't just throw away old glass bottles or aluminium cans. Instead, recycle them. Keep a recycle bin in your home to place old soda cans, paper, metal and plastic cups. ... Try making more trips to the recycling station than to the landfill. The simplicity of your presentation is highly-motivating for learning. Please keep it up for your teeming followers.
30/3/2021 11:11:58 pm
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Thanks for helping me understand that there should not be a mixing of waste materials to prevent contamination. With that in mind, I will make sure to rent enough skip bins with doors when my house gets renovated this month. It's to ensure that the wastes are segregated accordingly for safety.
8/1/2022 12:11:20 am
It’s just amazing to look at how the industry has changed over the years. True enough, certain things haven’t changed like state and industry-specific certifications and licenses…
17/3/2022 03:58:55 pm
Construction sites can be extremely messy. Between the piles of lumber and nails, to the paint cans and tools, there's always a lot of trash to haul away. Unfortunately, much of this trash finds its way to landfills. In Macomb, Michigan, one company is working to reduce the amount of construction trash that ends up in local landfills. Macomb Refrigerator Removal is a family-owned and operated business that specializes in removing refrigerators and other large appliances from construction sites.
1/6/2022 08:19:27 am
It's interesting when you said that you should only blend a acceptable quantity of material before the material becomes hard. My best friend told me the other day that he is hoping to find a service that can fix the floor cracks at their home, and he asked me if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. Thanks to this enlightening article, I'll be sure to tell him that they can consult a trusted concrete service as they can provide more information about the concrete process.
30/6/2022 02:07:23 am
Thank you for sharing this information.
11/8/2022 07:03:52 pm
There could be several hundred dollars of good materials and equipment being thrown away. Consider how you could reduce the amount of waste. Informative post thank you so much!
15/8/2022 05:51:44 am
There could be several hundred dollars of good materials and equipment being thrown away. Consider how you could reduce the amount of waste. I really enjoy reading your posts where I can get such useful information. Thanks for all your advice. It’s invaluable!
26/8/2022 03:18:45 pm
I oversee the construction site's projects. Every day, there is a large amount of trash or construction materials that must be disposed of. Thank you for mentioning that children might be cut by glass and ceramic tiles and that asbestos could fly into nearby residences. I'll be responsible for my construction waste and will employ a business to provide skip bins to handle the garbage.
29/9/2022 09:44:31 am
My favorite part of this article is that one of the biggest challenges in construction is the solution for the rubbish of project development. Last week, my cousin told me he was looking for a reliable excavation service for their unused plot of land that would be a commercial property, and he asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. I'm thankful for this informative article, I'll be sure to tell him that he should consult a trusted excavation service as they can provide more information about the process.
18/10/2022 03:55:56 pm
Great article. Will save you a lot of money most specially if you are in this kind of business.
27/12/2022 11:55:29 pm
Cleaning and decluttering construction site can be irritating. That's the importance of hiring professional cleaners to do the job for us!
11/1/2023 04:38:29 pm
I totally agree when you said that there are items that have to be disposed of correctly in certain locations such as paints, oils, and asbestos. Hopefully, commercial trash collection companies would be doing that properly to ensure that our planet is protected as well as the well-being of people living in the vicinity. With the pollution in our planet, everyone should be more conscious and choose the right processes to ensure that we can still live in the only place we can breathe in comfortably.
15/2/2023 07:47:31 am
The construction industry certainly does create a lot of waste. I know that when we had our family shack demolished there was a lot of great material going to waste. I do know that some companies will come and collect valuable materials from a waste pile before disposal. Perhaps skip bin companies could partner with these services?
20/3/2023 01:21:28 pm
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