We’re more concerned than ever with reducing our impact on the earth to ensure prolonged sustainability. That means, among other things, that we have to find ways to minimize wasted debris as much as possible. When it comes to the construction and demolition of buildings and homes, there are some ways we can reduce waste and make the most of our resources.
Recycling is the Key to Reducing Home Construction Debris
When it comes to home construction, planning out how the structure will be build takes a great deal of care and consideration. That same depth of preparation should go into deciding how scrap materials will be handled. By developing a plan ahead of time, you can ensure waste will be minimized throughout the building phase.
The best thing you can do is look at what materials will be used in the construction of the home and identifying which materials can be recycled. While some materials can’t currently be recycled, many can.
Here’s a list of the most commonly recycled materials used on construction sites:
Unstained and unpainted wood
Aggregates, such as gravel
Asphalt from roofing
Scrap materials that can’t be recycled can be eliminated in other ways. For instance, ask suppliers if they have a program for buying back unused product. Similarly, you can look for suppliers who minimize the use of packaging materials, so you can avoid adding that excess in the first place.
Wasted Materials Can Even Be Reduced in Building Demolitions
While home demolition seems like the antithesis of waste reduction, there are some things you can do to minimize what is transported to the landfill. For instance, while some materials may be of little use to you, that doesn’t mean it’s of no value. There may be a market for certain materials to be sold. Moldings, plumbing and electrical fixtures, and intact hardwood flooring are just some materials that can be resold to others.
There’s a growing market for reclaimed wood, as well. If you have a home to demolish that is primarily constructed from wood, there are plenty of businesses and individuals eager for wood pieces and scraps.
The internet has made it easier than ever to sell off unused materials from your home demolition. While there are some reuse centers with physical warehouses, some websites simply connect sellers with potential buyers. There may be a service or transaction fee that will be deducted from the sale, but that’s still a better alternative to creating more unusable debris.
Of course, transporting scraps and unused materials to another site for recycling or to sell to others can pose a challenge in itself. For that, you can make use of Gorilla Bins. To learn more about their products or to get a price quote, contact Gorilla Bins at (347) 699-2467 or fill out their easy online form here.