Construction companies can create a lot of waste with a project. Demolishing a house can cause a large pile of rubble to pile up which will need to be extracted and deposited into a landfill. By reducing waste, you reduce your business’s environmental footprint and decrease certain costs. Here are 8 ways you can reduce waste on your construction site.
Plan Work Ahead
One of the biggest things you can do is to plan your work ahead. If you do your planning carefully, you can order only what you need and no more. You can plan on using recycling bins and plan strategic locations of where to put those bins on site. Planning ahead also lets you choose your vendor. You want to choose a vendor who aligns with your goals as a company, preferably one who uses recyclable materials. By doing so, you can reduce the amount of waste your construction company produces on site.
Recycle What You Can
Not everything needs to go to the landfill. Are there good bricks from the house exterior that can be reused in another project? Many materials work well in other projects. Bricks and other masonry can be broken down for roads. Concrete is also able to be recycled. You may think that everything should be demolished when you do a project, but it’s important to try and recycle as much as you can to decrease the amount of waste your project produces and to decrease the amount of waste in the landfills. You can place recycling bins on site and train your workers to prioritize recycling materials. Obviously, not everything will be able to be recycled, but you want to be able to recycle as much as you can.
Use Disposal Equipment
Speaking of recycling bins, you want to make sure that you have disposal equipment readily available on site. This can include a number of dumpsters, recycling bins and the like. These bins give you a place to store the material that you are collecting from the project. When choosing a dumpster, you have many options. One such option is the bottom dump hoppers. Bottom dump hoppers fit inside small workspaces and can create a safer working environment. Disposal equipment gives you a place to put the recyclable and waste materials so that they don’t become hazards to your workers.
Thinking green will also help you reduce the amount of waste that you produce from your construction project. It’s important to recycle, but thinking green is so much more than that. You want the buildings you build to be energy efficient, meaning that the lighting and the windows need to reduce the cost of energy. You want the buildings to create less of an environmental impact, reducing the amount of water and light needed to maintain them. Plus, by going green, you and your construction company save money. Going green is the modern way of construction, and it does much more than just saving you waste—it saves you energy as well as money.
Reduce Mistakes on Site
In addition to thinking green, recycling, and planning ahead, you want to reduce mistakes on site. Mistakes are costly and time consuming to fix and can make much more unnecessary waste, which is why they should be avoided at all costs. Some mistakes will happen, due to human error, but it is your responsibility to your company to reduce them. It should be a top priority. To reduce mistakes, you may need to do more thorough and frequent training of your employees. It may mean that you measure everything one more time, just to be sure. But by necessity, reducing mistakes requires you and your team to have good, clear communication established. Without good and clear communication, mistakes are much more likely to occur.
Deconstruction of Buildings
Another way to reduce waste is to deconstruct buildings instead of demolishing them. When you demolish a building, you reduce walls, masonry, carpentry and other items to rubble. All of those pieces will then need to go to a landfill because they’re too small to be reused. Deconstruction allows you to recycle more materials by taking the building apart piece by piece. These pieces can be salvageable and your construction company can even earn a profit from it, which is another one of the benefits of deconstruction. It’s more time consuming and costly, but it is better for the environment as it reduces waste.
Try New Building Materials
Another way to reduce waste is to use new building materials that are recyclable and energy efficient. This can include recycled steel, which has already been recycled and which can further be repurposed; bamboo, which grows back quickly; and plant-based polyurethane rigid foam, which is used in insulation. These new materials can be more costly than regular materials, but they are better for the environment and they will reduce the waste from your project. It is in your best interests to look at other options of building materials.
Store Materials Properly
Another way to reduce waste on your construction site is to store your building materials properly. To store materials correctly, you want them out of the reach of the elements that could cause them to break and deteriorate and cause you to replace them, creating more waste. Storing materials correctly involves using protective waterproof tarps, stacking the materials correctly (this also prevents them from forming a tripping hazard on the site) and keeping certain materials out of the sun (such as plastics and any fabrics you may be using for building material). Storing materials properly should be part of your company’s procedure to keep the site organized and reduce the amount of waste your project produces.
Waste management is an important part of construction. While there will always be some amount of waste with every construction project, you want to do your best to minimize the amount of waste in order to save costs and reduce your company’s impact on the environment.
Read this next: How to Turn a Dingy Basement Into a Great Addition to Your Home
Interested in Publishing on The Business IDEA?
Send your query to the Publisher today!
Interested in Publishing on The Business Idea?
Send your query to the Publisher today!
Get this business content for your website with our RSS Feed below!