Best Waste Disposal Practices For A Construction Project

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Management is an all-encompassing sphere, and we can’t let waste disposal go unnoticed.  Being the environment-driven, magnificent country that it is, Australia has always prioritised sustainable building and development. However, doesn’t construction waste seem like a lot to take on?

Well, look no further. However difficult it may seem, with a few sustainable practices and a little pro-activeness, you can handle it with expertise. The best part is that your sense of accomplishment will be immense upon fulfilling your duty towards the planet. 

Read on to know some convenient and responsible practices that you can adopt. Not only will these be great for the environment, but they will also help you manage your construction waste profitably. 

Proactive Waste Management For Construction Projects

Different types of projects call for separate waste disposal techniques, but they all focus on safeguarding the environment. The following are the ways in which you can make the task of waste disposal efficient and environment-friendly. 

Plan It Out

If you’re involved in construction projects, you know the importance of planning well in advance. If you foresee and plan out the kind of waste produced and the quantum of it, you can manage it easily. Also, you can prepare the waste management facilities for it accordingly.

You must also follow the correct order while carrying out the construction as it will help avoid confusion and over-piling of debris. These site logistics are essential to keep in mind.

Site Practices

You must smartly allocate all the storage containers and areas so that they are always within reach of construction workers. Moreover, it will ensure that they don’t have to undertake any extra efforts to reach there and are more likely to follow through.

Additionally, to avoid recycling containers being mistaken for garbage bins, you must keep all boxes adequately labelled. You should also orient the on-site workers about the best ways to move recyclables, as per your plan.

Recover, Recycle and Divert 

Did you know that your waste and scrap material can serve as a resource for further construction? You can effectively recover some valuable and usable items from the debris and put them to practical use. Here are some of these materials for your reference.

Asphalt

An asphalt pavement and shingles are commonly found at construction sites, and they are 100% recyclable. If your project involves the construction of pavements, driveways or roads, then this is extremely useful. Moreover, you can hand the unwanted asphalt to our waste management team.

Concrete

Cracked and piled up concrete debris becomes a hassle to handle and takes up a significant amount of space. Hence, you must give it away for recycling or recycle it for yourself. That is because you can use it for the construction of roads, trenches, and other infrastructure.

While earlier, people used to dispose of the construction wastes in landfills, this habit is being discontinued. Therefore, you can hand it over to a waste management company like ours or give it to local authorities for further use.

Masonry Debris

Demolition is a routine process in construction projects and results in piles of masonry waste. However, if you’re smart about it, rather than wasting it or throwing it away, you can crush and use the aggregate for your project. 

It makes excellent thermal insulated concrete that has many applications in any construction project. Additionally, you can use this aggregate to produce good-quality clay bricks. 

Brick

Bricks are a part of every construction project; however, you cannot use them once they are broken. Therefore, by crushing them, you can use the aggregate, recycled brick mixture as filling for further construction. Since it often contains concrete and mortar, the filling will be rich and dependable as well. 

Plastic

This type of waste is notoriously famous for being the most significant environmental contaminant. However, these are the easiest to handle, and you can serve your duty by recycling. You must start by segregating this waste and cleaning it.

This process starts at the very beginning; you must keep the plastic waste separately from the contaminants. You can then profitably use it for cable ducting, roof and flooring, as well as street furniture construction.

Timber

Timber also constitutes a significant portion of construction waste in almost all projects. However, you can directly use it for further construction instead of letting it go to waste. Another alternative is that you can re-use it after you clean and resize it thoroughly. 

Metals

Where there is construction, there is metal waste, and these two go hand in hand. You can bifurcate this type of waste into two subtypes and proceed accordingly. Additionally, it’s always better to segregate these two, as it will help you fetch a higher value for the scrap.

  • Ferrous Metal: These metal waste components contain iron and must be recycled separately. Not only do they hold great value, but you can also recycle them multiple times as per user requirements. 
  • Non-Ferrous Metal:  Experts use sliding scales to ascertain metals’ value, and non-ferrous metals like aluminium are valuable. Keeping them separate will fetch you a reasonable price. 

Audit and Monitor

As your project approaches completion, you can evaluate waste and device a re-use strategy that works. Sometimes, a lot of the raw material purchased goes to waste. Thus, you can work with your supplier to plan out how the unused material can be bought or sent back.

You can audit the generated and estimated waste to be generated along the final leg of the project. That will accord you a deeper understanding of the rubbish you’ll deal with, and you can pre-plan the site clean-up.

Some Other Ways

If you have too much work on your hands and can’t recycle these waste materials, you have other options. You can load them in rental dumpsters or advertise them for sale online. Also, paper and related scrap can be sold off or sent for recycling quickly.

Another great option is to give or sell the usable waste to a building supplies retailer near you. However, for these options to be profitable and hassle-free, you must clean out and organize the waste. This way, construction waste disposal will be painless towards the end.

Preconstruction Actions That Help

Even though waste disposal happens during and after the construction project, you can undertake a few precautions. Here are some measures that you can undertake before you begin construction.

  • The best way you can minimize waste is by selecting multi-purpose and reusable material. This way, you can put the leftover raw material to other uses.
  • If the suppliers are nearby and there is less risk of damage, you can request minimal packaging layers. This way, you can reduce plastic waste significantly.
  • You can hire commercial waste management services as they specialize in sorting, handling and disposal of waste. 
  • You can set-up a waste collection system that’s workable by setting up multiple boxes for various waste components.
  • It’s always better if you consider any fixtures and components are reusable before you proceed with demolition. It will save you money and time.

Final Words

While many developing countries still rely on landfills, we Australians don’t believe it’s a long-term solution. Besides, recycling, re-using and reducing is always the motto. By segregating and monitoring the quantum of waste generated, you can manage to dispose of it quickly.

Construction is challenging and hefty as it is, and waste generation should not add to your burdens. Hopefully, after going through these tips, you now know where to start. Good luck healing the environment profitably!

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Jacob Spencer

Jacob Spencer

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Beside living in greater Melbourne area he studied from Monash University Australia. Have wide experience working on multiple companies.

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