Did you know that the average new construction project yields nearly four pounds of waste per square foot of building space? With all that construction waste piling up day after day, every contractor can benefit from learning how to create a smart plan to deal with excess waste.
The Benefits of Proper Construction Waste Disposal
Think about how much materials are required to construct a building. Now, think about all the excess waste left over at the end of every project. What if you did something other than dispose of all that construction waste?
Your contracting company could take the initiative to create a positive environmental impact by properly disposing of waste. This strategy benefits both the environment and contractors by reducing:
- Saving money
- Conserving resources
- Improving sustainability
Although it requires more time and effort to dismantle and preserve reusable materials, the pros typically outweigh the cons.
3 Ways to get the Job Done
1) Set Goals
Before you roll out new construction waste policies, set a few simple goals for your organization. For example, your company could pledge to reduce waste from construction projects by 10 percent over the course of the next year.
You can start by gathering information about your company’s current waste output. Then, you can design and implement a way to reduce your environmental impact.
As you implement your plan, you will need to get your whole team on board with the new initiative. To help your program succeed, encourage and reward employees for joining in the effort.
2) Waste Prevention
Throughout the construction process, there are many points at which waste can be eliminated. This could include choosing vendors who minimize packaging or selecting materials that are reusable in other parts of the project.
3) Recycle, Compost or Donate
Not all excess material used in a construction project should be thrown in a Dumpster. Some of those unused items can be recycled, composted or donated. For example, you could gather and recycle all the unused wood products leftover.
If you are not careful, construction waste can pile up and cause logistical problems. But, if you set realistic goals and follow through with a strategic plan, you can avoid a messy situation.