Residential construction can range from remodel, to a full renovation, or even a new building. And all of these projects require construction waste removal.
The question is whether to do it yourself or outsource that job?
Working With Debris Can Be Hazardous
Aside from the simple fact that construction waste and debris is unsightly, especially around a home in a residential neighborhood, it can also be a hazard.
Larger commercial job sites have the relative luxury of staging most of their debris out of the way until it can be loaded and hauled away. That can be a bit more problematic for a residential site. And this means that the cut-offs, scraps, concrete or masonry rubble, and assorted packaging can get underfoot.
This, of course, can lead to trips and falls in addition to other hazards.
Safety Matters - Even on Smaller Construction Jobs
We often hear about tragic accidents on commercial construction sites involving cranes or unsafe scaffolding, and so on. But accidents occur at residential construction projects, as well.
The most recent OSHA statistics reveal that there were just over 1,000 worker fatalities in the construction field. This represented more than 21 percent of all accidental deaths in private industry, or about one in five worker deaths in 2018.
And these continue to be the leading causes of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry: falls, being struck by object, electrocution, and caught in or between something.
The fourth category involves accidents where workers were caught-in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material.
Here is a graphic breakdown of these sobering statistics:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) these four types of accidents were responsible for more than 58 percent of the construction worker deaths in 2018.
The important take-away from these sad numbers is that one of the leading factors in many accidents is construction waste that hasn't been properly cleared. As most contractors know, safety should be a major priority on any job site.
And this means, among other things, that committing to regular construction waste removal is a large part of keeping job sites safe.
Making Construction Waste Removal a Priority
Keeping your job site as clean as possible means more than aesthetics. Some workers may think that a slip and fall from a few feet, or simply tripping over some loose debris, is no big deal and comes with the job. But the truth is that it is these types of accidents that cause the majority of fall injuries and eve fatalities.
A clean job site will help keep this from happening.
And the good news is that neither you nor your crew have to take time away from your project to remove debris. You can easily outsource your job site clean-up to an professional team. This really is good news since every hour your or your crew spend cleaning your site and hauling off debris, is an hour NOT spent being productive on your project.
In addition, you can avoid any costs for hazardous material disposal and possibly required training for your employees. Considering all these added expenses, you can find that the benefits of outsourcing this task outweigh the cost.
As a contractor, you know that construction projects can create large amounts of debris. What you may not be aware of is how much of your debris can be recycled, repurposed or reused in some form or another.
Tons of Construction Waste and Most is Reusable
Residential contractors might be surprised to know just how much debris is produced on their job sites. So, how much construction debris is actually produced from residential construction?
The EPA estimated that 569 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) debris were generated in the United States in 2017. Here is a breakdown of the percentage of this C&D debris that came from residential contractors:
- 6 % from residential construction
- 11% from residential demolition
- 22% from residential renovation
And much of that construction waste and debris can be recycled.
In a typical residential remodel, for example, almost 75 percent of the debris can be recycled. That means that a large portion of your construction waste disposal doesn't mean going into a landfill.
In fact, only about 25 percent of construction waste is made up of materials that can't be effectively reused or recycled. This means that, if every construction firm could keep up to 75 percent of it's waste out the landfills, that would add up to almost 125 million tons of waste material in the U.S. alone.
However, getting all your waste and debris off-site and disposed of properly can still be a costly and time-consuming proposition if you choose to do it yourself. That's why it's a smart business move to outsource this work to the construction debris removal experts at Junk King.
Your Local Team for Construction Waste Removal
Site clean-up and junk hauling doesn't have to be “part of your job” as a contractor if you have an expert team doing it for you. If you're current construction project requires waste, debris, and junk clean-up and removal, call Junk King!
Our team specializes in construction junk removal. We can be at your job site in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to take care of your construction waste in a professional and courteous fashion.
And one of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at 1-888-888-JUNK (5865).