As every building contractor knows and what anyone will soon learn if they are planning any demolition or building projects, construction and demolition produces a vast amount of construction debris. This includes materials such as concrete, wood and lumber, bricks, drywall, roofing, landscape, and other waste. So it is any waste generated during the construction of a new build, or the demolition and renovation of buildings or structures.
The statistics of how much C&D waste is generated in the United States are as follows:
The good news is that 76% of all this waste was recovered and recycled, but millions of tons were sent to our landfills. And much of this construction debris and waste was potentially recyclable or reusable.
Construction and demolition waste makes up approximately 17.5% of Pennsylvania’s municipal waste stream so how we dispose of it is important. Little Green Junk is there for you when your construction site needs a cleanup, and the C&D debris needs removing.
It is possible to reuse and recycle the two largest categories of waste materials which are concrete and masonry (which includes bricks, stone, building materials, granite) and wood debris. In fact both of these are almost 100% reusable which is indeed good news.
Concrete debris makes up the largest amount of construction waste produced, but it also has the widest variety of potential uses. Here are some of the ways concrete and masonry can be recycled or reused:
It is apparent that contractors and tradespeople that work with construction and demolition projects need to have a waste management plan in place for the waste that is generated. Most of it can be reused and recycled and definitely does not have to end up in the local landfill.
When you undertake a renovation or remodeling project at home there is soon a build up of mess that needs to be taken care of. The best way to ensure that this construction debris is properly taken care of is to familiarize yourself with the fact that debris removal and recycling go hand in hand. You will find out that some waste is easier to recycle, while other types may present more of a challenge.
This will be the lions portion of waste generated and as discussed above it is easily recycled and reused as fill, making roadways, and gravel.
Can be used in future constructions as well as making mulches, engineered wood and composite wood products.
This is a gypsum material and should not be taken to the landfill. Some of them won’t accept gypsum because as it decomposes it releases dangerous gases. But it can be remanufactured into new drywall and other gypsum products. Try and keep it separate from your other construction waste as it can contaminate the rest of your recyclable waste.
These can include steel, copper, and brass and are all valuable commodities to recycle. You may have drawer and cupboard handles as well as tapware which you can sell through various online markets.
These can be used in your present renovation or can easily be sold on to someone else. Broken bricks can be used as fill and for drainage.
This will most likely be both plastic, paper and cardboard packaging from the materials that have been delivered to you. Keep them sorted into their own types for easy recycling.
Little Green Junk is a licensed, professional company that will remove any of your construction waste you need to get rid of. We dispose of them responsibly so as not to put them back into the environment where they will cause lasting damage as they decompose.
Our pledge is to recycle any items that we can, and we only use the landfill as the last resort. We follow the restrictions that are in place as to what can be disposed of in the local landfill.
Handing the disposal of your construction waste the correct way will enable you to have a clean and safe job site which will assist your construction project to run smoothly, so it is important to deal with construction waste as you go.
At Little Green Junk Company York, PA we treat our customers with the respect they deserve, and we are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that they are happy with our service. Once we arrive on site and inspect the extent of the cleanout, we will discuss any changes to be made to the quote with you.
We will arrive promptly at the scheduled time and if we are running late, we will communicate with you. Once we have completed the job, we will leave that area clean and tidy.
We realise that sometimes you need to get rid of your trash in a hurry, so we offer a same day junk removal service, and we can even accommodate your junk removal after hours or over a weekend if that is what you require.
Please call us today on 717 467 0070 when you need a quote for your construction waste removal.