Now that spring is officially here and the weather is improving in most of the country, new home construction and other building projects are ramping. And this means a great deal of construction waste and debris is being produced on job sites. And that means someone has to take care of getting rid of it.
One of the less glamorous realities of the building trade is that construction debris removal is a job that has to be done. And it takes time to get it done, and it costs money without adding any profit. Most general contractors delegate the task to crew members who would rather do other things, but it is a job that must be done.
New Construction Equals Debris and Waste
So how much waste?
The EPA estimated that construction in the United States typically produces over 200 million tons of construction waste each year. The majority of this waste ends up in landfills and dumps. Fortunately, because many types of waste materials from housing construction can be reused, refurbished, or recycled into usable products, the volume is diminishing.
Unfortunately, landfill space is diminishing rapidly, so alternatives such as reuse and recycling of waste materials is a pressing issue. The good news is that C&D waste (construction and demolition) disposal provides an opportunity for contractors and builders to contribute positively to the environment.
"Debris management" might seem like a business term that doesn't really apply to taking care of all the waste and trash from your construction project. However, smart contractors know that managing the proper clean up and disposal of debris is a critical part of the job.
Too many contractors simply delegate the chore to some of their crew without much oversight at all. However, dealing with your construction waste in a strategic and cost-effective manner requires management and forethought.
One Option is a MINI Dumpster
Most building projects require continual and long-term clean up. Especially for smaller jobs, the typical solution is to load a truck with debris periodically and make a "dump run." However, there is more to proper junk removal than simply throwing stuff into the back of a truck.
Knowing what can be disposed of legally and where to take it is a large part of proper waste disposal. And simply taking everything to the local landfill – assuming there is one – is not always the most cost-effective means of disposal.
Another option is to rent a dumpster for collecting an disposing of project debris, which can actually be far more efficient and cost-effective.
However, trying to use a large, 40 cubic yard dumpster creates a few problems for residential contractors:
- They are often expensive
- The take up a lot of space and can block driveways
- Commercial dumpsters unattractive and hard to use
- There can be additional charges for any labor
A better dumpster option is to use the MINI-Dumpster drop-off services from Junk King. These issues are eliminated with the MINI Dumpster. And their smaller size and the quick delivery and pick-up services make this dumpster a great choice for your construction waste disposal needs.
Going Green With Debris Removal
Recycling and re-purposing many items and materials is a responsible approach for contractors. With this strategic and proactive approach to construction debris, contractors can make debris removal and disposal easier on themselves. In addition, they can help the environment and even make some money.
Here are some ideas for builders and contractors to create a strategy for salvaging useful waste materials:
- Instead of creating a pile of mixed materials when renovating or building your home, consider separating and salvaging useful materials, including lumber, fixtures, hardware, and appliances.
- One way to do this for an existing home is through deconstruction, the systematic and careful removal of materials from structures for reuse or recycling.
- Outlets are available in many areas to collect or purchase used and salvaged building materials, and some nonprofit organizations also accept used building materials.
A variety of construction waste materials can be recycled at facilities that provide that service. Examples include:
- Wood can be recycled into reclaimed or composite wood products such as furniture and plastic/wood-composite decks, as well as mulch and other products. (Note: wood from decks, roofing or other outdoor applications was likely treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a hazardous substance, and should be disposed, NOT reused, recycled or burned.)
- Asphalt, masonry, concrete, and rubble can be recycled into aggregate or new asphalt and concrete products.
- Metals, including steel, copper, and brass, are valuable commodities to recycle, especially in light of the current market for certain metals.
Recycling and re-purposing your construction waste really does make a difference. It is estimated that an area of 4, 300 acres at a depth of 50 feet can be saved from landfill use annually. That's the equivalent to more than 3 billion square yards of landfill space each year!
Outsourcing Your Construction Debris Removal
Trash hauling and site clean-up might be considered “part of the job” for contractors, but it really doesn’t have to be. When you consider that every hour your crew spends picking up debris, cleaning the site, and hauling and disposing of the material, is an hour NOT spent generating revenue on a project.
And the bigger the job, the more the opportunity costs add up.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly construction debris disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after the project is complete. Whether you need our services several times during a construction project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the construction debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.
Our professional and insured hauling team will show up at your site; we call 15 minutes before we arrive on and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris takes up in our truck. You point and we haul the construction waste into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.
How can you get us on the site for construction debris disposal? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865).