The amount of construction waste is incredibly large, at over 600 million tons of waste materials from demolition and construction sites per year. In order to reduce the impact of sending extra waste to landfills, it just makes sense to try to cut down on all of your waste products. It also saves you money in the long run by having fewer waste products that need to go into your construction dumpster rental, allowing you to downsize, or have fewer trips to the landfill.
Use Sustainable Products
When ordering raw materials for a construction site, you usually order a bit over what you will need to allow for miscalculations or additions to the Jobsite. This results in having leftover products that usually just go in the dumpster as waste. If you can possibly use materials that have more than one use, it will generate less excess waste.
Reduction in Packing Materials
You can work with your suppliers to limit the number of packing materials that your components come with when they are delivered to you. Reducing the amount of cardboard and other paper products on the materials will lighten the load on your waste disposal. This can cut down on your waste products drastically, and you can find some suppliers that have a green policy that already reduces packaging materials.
Recycle and Reuse Construction Waste Materials
You will always have waste products on any type of job site, but if you can recycle excess products or reuse them, it will reduce the number of materials in landfills. Many materials are actually recyclable, such as brick, concrete, drywall, paper, cardboard, and plastics of all types.
Donate Excess Materials
Other industries may have good uses for your excess materials, and they can come and pick them up from your job site, so they will be used and you don’t need to dispose of them. Consider which other professionals can use your extra materials and try to coordinate it with them, so they can pick them up promptly and the excess items aren’t hanging around on your job site creating obstructions.
If your site is highly organized, you will have fewer waste products. If there is a designated area for each thing, then you know what materials are available, and it makes it easier to manage the flow of all the materials, both on and off-site. It also helps to keep other areas of wastefulness reduced so that the recycling products have a distinct area for them. You can also have multiple dumpster rentals in St. Louis, and one can be for actual waste and another for recycling.
Use Materials Wisely
All of the workers on your job site should be taught how to use all of the materials wisely. For example, if a certain length of 2 x 4 is needed and there is a portion of it left over, you may be able to use it in an area that requires less length instead of tossing it out and cutting another board, thereby making twice as much waste.
Measure Your Results
To make certain that you are actually reducing; your waste, you’ll need some sort of a system to track and measure your waste output. It can be the volume of the dumpster that is holding your waste materials. You can multiply the volume by how many trips it takes to haul off all the waste for a total of how much you are disposing of to know how much you are reducing to stay on track.
Protecting Your Materials
You must have your building materials protected on the site after they are delivered and before they are used. Some items need on-site preparation to be used on jobs. Materials that can be ruined by weather should be protected so as not to waste them or make them substandard to use on a job.
Employ Reusable Tools
You definitely don’t want to buy specific tools for a job and then repurchase the same ones at a later date–that’s just wasteful, and it can crash your budget. Instead of laying a concrete form and boxing it in with plywood or other wood products which will eventually rot and need to be replaced, use a metal alternative that can be used many times over.
Use Deconstruction Instead of Demolition
Demolishing a structure to replace it with another is the quickest way to get a jump start on your new project. However, all of the old structure’s components will become waste and need to be removed from the job site. If you instead take more time to deconstruct the existing building, you may be very surprised at just how much materials can actually be reused and save a load of money at the same time.
At Tidy Bug Dumpsters, we have some of the most competitive rates in the area. We are highly experienced and can lend a hand in any way possible for your construction waste needs. We carry a variety of different sizes of dumpsters for all your needs. Contact us today for roll-off dumpster rental pricing in St. Louis.