Every year in the United States construction waste accounts for about one third of all refuse nationwide.
Considering this staggering amount and the fact that the numbers keep growing, it is vital that every construction site adheres to the strict rules of waste management. Otherwise we risk polluting and damaging our environment past the point of no return.
Cardboard, plastic packaging, and excess building materials are just some examples of construction waste that is not biodegradable and needs to be processed and disposed of properly.
In addition, all contractors must plan, manage and monitor their work so it is carried safely and without risks to health. To help you with that, 1st Incident Reporting has come up with a Construction Incident Report app which you can try for FREE today!
How do you manage your construction waste correctly? There are many guidelines set by the legal system but here we have gathered a few tips to help you get started.
Reduce – reducing waste is the first step to a waste management conscious construction site. Storing the materials in such a way that they are protected from effects of nature and thus degrade or get damaged in any other way will decrease the amount of product discarded due to no longer being in a usable state. Closing the lids tightly on liquid and chemical compounds, storing wood and metal materials off the ground and covered up, storing bricks and tile in a manner that prevents them from tipping over and breaking.
Reuse – train your workers to apply cut offs and left over material in other areas of construction. Minimizing waste of left-over materials will not only reduce the negative effect on the environment but it will also save you money on material purchasing. Dismantling a building as opposed to straight-up demolition will allow you to sell off items such as railing, crown molding, windows, wood flooring, paneling, light fixtures, etc.
Recycle – most construction sites have skips to collect and haul off their waste. But more often than not, all of the waste is thrown in there in one big mixed pile. Providing several skips and training your workers to separate the materials by recycling ability will allow you to dispose of your waste more in a more effective and environmentally friendly manner.
Return – find suppliers who will agree to buy back the unused materials from your construction site. Even if it’s at a lesser price than purchase, it is still money made up and your construction waste amount is reduced. Being waste management conscious may seem like a lot of work. But if you consider the money you will save for yourself and your customers, bringing you more referrals in the future, it is definitely worth the effort even if you are not environmentally friendly yourself.
Remember: sensible management of materials can reduce waste, reduce cost whilst improving site safety and helping to protect the environment.
But accidents do happen! In such situations 1st Incident Reporting has you covered. With a Construction Incident Report app you will be able to keep track and have a faster response to on-site incidents! So don’t delay and try it for FREE today!