How To Recycle Your Construction Waste

Did you know that construction waste accounts for about ⅓ of refuse waste nationwide? During the construction of a 2,000 square foot home, almost 8,000 pounds of waste are typically thrown into a landfill. These numbers are growing exponentially and the waste is piling up in our landfills. It’s important to keep recycling in mind during construction to help keep our planet as green as possible. Recycling is not only important for our environment but it can also be a great way to save your business some money.

The most common materials on a residential or commercial construction site are concrete, wood, drywall, asphalt shingles, asphalt pavement, metal and cardboard. These 7 materials alone make up 70 to 95% of discarded waste at a job site. Although these are often discarded, they are actually valuable commodities that can be recycled into new products or used in many new ways. Remove the mentality that throwing out construction waste is “simply part of the cost of doing business”; start recycling and reusing these materials to benefit the environment and your business’s bottom line. Consider these 2 things when recycling construction waste:

  1. What Should Be Recycled.
  2. How to Separate Materials.

What Should Be Recycled

Prior to recycling any construction waste, identify who will shutterstock_543220477accept it and what they accept. Once you find
a local recycling facility another important question to ask is whether or not the materials need to be separated. In Utah, the most common materials recycled include:

  • Asphalt
  • Brush and Trees
  • Cardboard and Paper
  • Clean Concrete/Asphalt
  • Clean Fill/Rock
  • Construction and Demolition Materials
  • Dirty Concrete/Asphalt
  • Green Waste
  • Lumber and Plywood (in reusable form)
  • Metals
  • Plastics – numbered containers, bags and sheeting
  • Roofing (in reusable form)
  • Windows and Doors

How to Separate Materials

If the local recycle center you choose requires separation, set up containers for material recycling on the construction site and label them clearly. Construction personnel must be trained in material sorting policy, and bins must be monitored periodically to prevent waste mixing as a result of crews or passersby throwing trash into the bins. Some materials will need to be sorted into bins that provide them protection from elements or tampering.

Whether you are a construction company looking to be more environmentally friendly while saving money or planning a home renovation, recycling construction material is beneficial. For more information on construction material recycling or if you need help with your next job contact us at 855-346-8490 or visit us online.

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