So you've made the decision to do that big home remodeling project. You've got the plans, bought the materials, and have the tools. But could you be working with hazardous waste?
The sobering reality is that construction projects are known for the presence of "hazardous materials." Seemingly innocuous products actually contain elements and chemicals that are labeled as hazardous. Consequently, when the cut-offs, scrap pieces and debris from these materials are hauled off and disposed of, they then become "hazardous waste."
A variety of materials in the construction debris disposal stream can be recycled. But few of them can be quickly made into new products. That's not the case for wood debris.
The construction and demolition (C&D) waste industry is growing and continually developing, yet too many contractors still aren't making full use of it's potential.
Landfills in the United States are being filled and closing faster than new ones are becoming active. All of which highlights the need for recycling much of what gets hauled with junk removal.
According to statistics provided in a report from SaveOnEnergy, there are currently over 2,000 active landfills across the country while the number of closed, or inactive, landfill locations reaches into the thousands. From plastic and metal, to glass and paper, the variety of materials that could be recycled is vast and abundant.
The U.S. is awash in old electronics and old mobile phones are among the top items in this growing pile of electronic waste. But there are noble alternatives to simply tossing them in the trash!
We live in a wonderful time of incredible technology and a vast array of high-tech devices to enhance our lives. With all of this technology and devices, however, comes the problem of efficient disposal.
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Now that the holidays are behind us and we are into a new year, there are tons of new e-waste to dispose of. But it's not as simple as throwing it in the trash.
Long gone are the days when we could simply take our old appliances, televisions, and electronic gadgets and put them in the garbage can or dumpster. In fact, in most places today this approach isn't even legal. If you've ever tried to properly dispose of an old TV or CRT computer monitor, for example, you know this can be difficult.
Now that the holidays are coming to a close and the new year is around the corner, it's time to plan for cleaning. And for businesses that often means junk disposal and dealing with e-waste.
The Problem of Disposing of E-Waste
Much of what the average household or business tosses out when cleaning up can have a second life. Junk hauling isn't just for junk.
Your dishwasher, trash compactor, washing machine - all of your large appliances - have helped you keep your home clean and make your life easier. But the time comes when you have to replace these items and it's not an easy chore. You could try to haul them to the municipal landfill, but that's back-breaking work and costly.
Every contractor and builder has to deal with construction debris removal. This is especially true if demolition is involved. But there are alternatives.
Demolition, the traditional approach to removing an existing structure, is often simpler, faster, and may times less expensive than deconstruction. The planning is easier and the task is straightforward: "Tear it down and haul it off."