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Undertaking a home improvement project is exciting. Whether you’re redoing the kitchen, remodeling the bathrooms, adding an extra room, or renovating the entire house and yard, one thing is certain. You are going to end up with a lot of construction debris. And this construction debris has to be removed by someone.
Construction waste is an inevitable part of any home makeover, so it is important from the beginning of the project to figure out how you intend to get this debris hauled away.
There are a few options for you to consider when you undertake a home improvement project. Obviously, the bigger the project, the more the debris that needs to be hauled away. If you are a first time renovator, you may be overwhelmed at the amount of junk that is generated. Materials such as piles of concrete, broken glass, old wooden windows, and trusses, drywalling, and bricks and tiles are just some of construction debris that you will be expected to haul away. These cannot build up on your construction site as they are a hazard to the construction workers and can cause injuries.
- So the first thought is that this debris needs to be removed regularly, especially if it is a large construction project. It cannot be allowed to accumulate until the end of the build.
- The second consideration is who will haul it away for you. You can do it yourself if you hire a truck, but this is not always practical or easy. You will need to find your local landfill and take it there. There may be local restrictions in place so you may not be able to dump the different types of waste. Once you have added truck rental, labor, fuel, dumping fees and your time, it may not be as cost-effective as you had hoped.
- Hiring a professional waste removal company is the other alternative. They will haul your construction debris away and dispose of it at the correct facility. They will also have the correct licenses in place so there is no chance of a hefty fine if you are caught dumping this waste in an area that is not designated for this type of waste.
Consider Going Green with Your Demolition
A demolition job can be eco-friendly and is sometimes referred to as “deconstruction”. By reducing the amount of junk and debris generated at the site means that there will be less to dispose of.
So by planning ahead you can practice “deconstruction” as opposed to demolition. Although this take a bit longer, you will be able to carefully remove those materials and fixtures from your property so that they can be recycled and reused. These materials include light fixtures, countertops, cabinetry, solid wooden beams, in fact any items that are still in good condition. These can be donated to charity or sold. There is a big market for original features and fixtures that are taken out of older homes carefully so that they are not damaged. There is the potential to generate additional revenue from the reuse of these building materials. Deconstruction, therefore, keeps these materials out of our landfills and allows them to be reused or repurposed.
Another interesting fact is that between 80 to 95 percent of all demolition and construction waste can be recycled or reused.
Concrete is an example of how using the correct recycling techniques can benefit the environment. Concrete was once just trucked to the landfill and disposed of this way. But there are a range of environmental and economic benefits to be found in the recycling of concrete. Concrete can be used without too much processing and some of these uses include:
- For the construction of roads after it has been crushed into aggregate.
- For the retention of banks
- As a base for filling of drainage structures
After the removal of contaminants and after it has been crushed to certain aggregate sizes, it can be used for:
- Landscaping projects where paving and landscaping stone are needed.
- Controlling stream bank erosion.
- For the filling of wire cages or gabions which are used as retaining walls which protect embankments, bridges, and other structures.
Other building materials that can be recycled from your renovation are:
Asphalt RoofingThis material is extremely recyclable and can be used for pothole repairs, constructing new roads, or it can be remanufactured into more roofing. This means that it rarely finds its way into our landfills.
Concrete and Mixed RubbleThis is the biggest percentage of rubble found on a construction site. It is easy to keep out of landfills, as apart from the above uses, it can be used for gravel and roadway materials.
TimberRecycled wood is most commonly recycled into particleboard and chips. Chips are used in landscaping. Timber beams can be reused in new builds.
PlasticsThere are many different plastic types that need to be recycled so these need to be sorted out and separated first.
Little Green Junk
It is challenging work removing construction waste. So if you do not have the resources to do it yourself, please give Little Green Junk a call. We are a professional waste removal company who are able to remove the demolition junk from your site.
Our team specializes in hauling away waste from householders and businesses. Once you have decided on what you need to get rid of, we are a call away. If you need a same day waste removal service, we can help you with that too.
At Little Green Junk Company York, PA we take great pride in putting our customers’ needs first and we treat them in a courteous and respectful way. We are a waste removal company that you can rely on.
We will arrive at a pre-arranged time, pick up your waste, and we even clean up the area where we take the rubbish from. You can trust us with any waste you need removing from your home.
Please call us today on 717 467 0070 when you need a quote for your trash removal.