In the previous blog, we started talking about construction waste and the most common reasons they come about. Now, let’s talk about proper disposal that goes beyond the usual, default landfill.
What Are The Best Disposal Methods For Construction Waste?
Instead of sending waste materials to the landfill, construction companies sometimes choose to incinerate the waste or convert it into fuel. It’s possible to eliminate large waste dumps in landfills through incineration, which basically just turns it all into burnt, charred dust-like remains. However, the environment – especially the air quality in the area of incineration – will likely take a hit.
Other options include:
In many cases, companies are required to send their unused or broken materials to a licensed landfill that guarantees the waste items are handled properly. Waste considered hazardous may have to be sent to a landfill that is lined with concrete and can prevent leaks, ensuring the environment is protected.
This is easily the most wasteful-no pun intended-means of going about it. If it’s possible to avoid simply depositing construction waste to a landfill, we highly recommend contacting professionals such as a reputable junk removal service.
If a company cannot reuse its waste, recycling is another attractive and sustainable option. Construction companies can often recycle a variety of materials. They can turn wood into wood chips and concrete into aggregate filler. They can melt glass and reuse it as window panes. They can pulverize rubber tires and use the rubber as a road patch or an inexpensive alternative to asphalt.
Basically, for as long as the materials can be used one way or another, then recycling is a disposal option.
The most environmentally-friendly way of handling construction waste materials is also the most sustainable one: reusing them! Of course, the laws regulating materials being reused vary depending on whether the materials are hazardous or not. This way, any pollutants, heavy metals, and toxic substances cannot contaminate soil or water.
A good way of reusing things is by constructing composite structures made of materials such as cement and recycled glass, concrete, steel, and plastic. In cases when no other structures are needed, but the materials can still be used, companies sometimes manage to sell them off.
Advantages to reusing materials also include:
- Landfill waste being minimized
- Making the most of valuable components and materials alike
- Raw materials being consumed at a lower rate
- Reduction of fossil fuel emissions when new products are created
Treatment and Disposal
Sometimes, hazardous waste like asbestos come out of construction sites. Before they can be disposed of entirely, it’s mandatory that they’re handled appropriately to prevent damage to the surroundings.
This is why it’s necessary to perform effective treatment to remove or neutralize toxic components to make the waste non-hazardous. This lessens or eliminates the waste’s threat to living beings, such as mammals and birds, fish, and plants. The waste then goes to a landfill for disposal.
While waste during and after construction projects are inevitable, they must still be handled appropriately. In this article, proper disposal methods have been explored to guide your future projects on what you can do with the waste you p[roduce. Most ideal are recycling, reusing, and letting professionals like a junk removal company handle it.
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