In view of society’s environmental awareness, reducing construction site waste is progressively emerging as a priority in the industry. Here are a few suggestions on how to decrease your construction site waste:
Be proactive about recycling and take a preventative approach to construction site waste by purchasing recycled building materials and buying products with little to no packaging.
Separate your waste
Ensure that only legitimate waste is being thrown away by organizing your leftovers into categories (recycle, reuse, donate, waste).
Many building materials, such as plastics, drywall, steel, and concrete can be recycled. Check with your local recycling center to see which supplies qualify for a recycling program.
There are many ways to reuse materials on building sites, for instance, scraps of wood and metal can be used as test pieces for future projects. Involve employees by having a brainstorm session to determine materials that can be reused and repurposed.
Just because you can’t use it doesn’t mean someone else can! Find organizations in your community that accept leftover and surplus building materials from your site.
Don’t forget that some construction site waste is actually compostable- sawdust, shavings, wood chips, plants, leaves, and grass clippings are all accepted materials. Get employees on board by encouraging the compost of items such as food waste, serviettes, and paper towels.
Avoid purchasing surplus materials by planning projects in advance. This will reduce unnecessary materials and consequently site waste.