Great Options for Construction Recycling
The construction industry creates a large amount of waste, and for many years, that waste would go directly into the landfills. On average, several tons of waste results from the construction of even a modest home. With larger scale projects, the waste is greater, and it’s important for more construction managers to start to recognize this and take steps to start recycling during the project, as well as when complete. Doing so can be great for the environment and it can reduce the space used in the landfills.
Types of Construction Debris in Need of Recycling
With any type of construction, there will be massive amounts of debris, and this debris can run the gamut. You may have a large amount of wood scrap left over, or even cardboard boxes. Metal leftovers, such as copper wire or pipe scrap, drywall, and even concrete are common as well. Fortunately, quite a bit of the material that usually heads to the landfill is easily recyclable, and you may be able to use some of it right at home.
How can Construction Recycling Work?
In the case of those who are building a house, if you have extra drywall left, you may want to break it down and add it to your soil. Drywall is full of gypsum, and can be great for your soil. Other pieces of wood debris can go through a chipper for landscaping or erosion control. Companies will often buy metal scrap, and you can find plenty of companies willing to take the scrap, which they can then melt and sell. Cardboard boxes and the like are easily recyclable, and you should be able to find a recycling company in your area that will even come out and pick up the remaining debris for recycling.
If construction managers start to implement smarter ways of recycling and using the debris right onsite, they will have less of a reason to send truck after truck to the landfill.
Alphabetical List of Construction Recycling Items:
- Bath Tub
- Bathroom Fixtures
- Cabinets/Cabinet Doors/Cabinet Fixtures
- Ceiling Tile (Acoustic)
- Construction Debris
- Dirt – Clean Fill
- Dry Wood Waste
- Drywall (New Unpainted Scrap)
- Drywall (Used)
- Mixed Inerts (Dirt Asphalt Concrete Rock Sand)
- Railroad Ties