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Construction Debris, Disposal, Recycling, And You: What You Can Do On The Work Site To Keep Things Tidy

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It is true that construction is not exactly a clean sort of business. Lots of sweaty workers putting in long hours cutting, nailing, drilling, hammering, sawing, and even welding equals a lot of debris. As a construction project gets underway and old materials are pulled down to make room for new ones, there is going to be even more debris on your work site than before. If you are the type of contractor that would rather keep things tidy as the project progresses rather than have to pick up every last nut, bolt, screw, and board when the project is finished, here is what you can do. 

Rent Four Dumpsters

Dumpster rental is standard for most construction sites anyway, so rent four for each of your projects. Position the four dumpsters close to the work zone. Designate one for absolute trash (the stuff that cannot be recycled no matter what). The next one should be solely for metals; metal eaves, steel rebar, steel roofing materials, used fasteners (including rusted fasteners), pieces of I-beam that cannot be used for anything else, etc. The third dumpster should be for paper, cardboard, and plastics (i.e., commingled recyclables), and the final one should be designated to hold reusable building materials. 

For more information about dumpster rentals, contact a company like Ware Disposal

As Materials Are Used, Cut, or Removed, Place Them in the Correct Bins

In fact, you can even assign two or three of your crew to watch for and collect materials as they land on the ground. They can be responsible for cleaning up the area while the work is in progress. To keep everyone from getting bored, switch jobs the following day, or assign crew members who come in late to work with the cleanup tasks. By the time the project is complete, everything remaining and all of the refuse should be in a bin for recycling or disposal. A magnetic sweeper rolled around the property will pick up any loose fasteners or bits of metal that are still on the ground and/or hiding in the grass. The magnetic sweeper can then be scraped free of these metal bits into the metal recycling bin. 

Send Bins in the Right Directions

If you are going to reuse some building materials, move that bin to the next project site. The commingled bin can go to the nearest recycling plant. The metals bin can be emptied into a dump truck and hauled to a salvage yard to sell the scrap. The garbage bin heads to the city dump and your worksite is already clean; no need to return the following day to clean it up.


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