The amount of waste produced by an average house is estimated to be eight thousand pounds. Waste from construction sites is hazardous to the environment and they increase landfills as well as raise the cost of construction.
According to ABC (Associated Builders & Contractors), lumber costs went up by 170 percent between April to December 2020. Contractors must, therefore, work towards lowering the rate of waste in the construction sites to save building costs and the environment.
The greatest contributor to waste is the lack of planning. The contractor must take time to study the project plan before beginning work. If the contractor does not give enough allowances for installations, a lot of material will be wasted trying to cut pieces that will fit in the limited spaces. Proper planning will translate into reduced waste. If the roof is not planned well, the contractor might be forced to demolish and rebuild again, leading to unnecessary waste.
Good planning also involves searching for a lumber yard near your construction site to reduce transport costs and get the materials anytime you need them. Lumber One provides structural building materials, components with added value, and labor services fit for your project.
Re-use or donate materials
Some of the materials demolished or cut from your site can be reused. Materials such as lumber, pipes, stone, and tiles can be re-used instead of sending them to the landfill. Before ordering for more material, check from your store and confirm if all the materials have been used or there are some in stock.
If all you need is a 3-foot piece of pipe, do not order a full pipe from the supplier. First, check if you can get a short piece from the store or within the site. You could have removed your old doors, windows, and appliances to replace them with new ones. Before throwing them away, find out if anyone could need them and donate them.
Maintain a stock list
It is not economical if you keep making trips to the supplier’s store or if you keep calling to request a delivery. Every trip will cost you money and time and every delivery by the supplier will add more to your invoice.
You can reduce wastage by having a list of all the materials needed for your construction project. Have a site store and keep a record of every material that goes out. That way, you will not order material already in the store and reduce trips to the store.
If your construction project involves foundation repair, maintain a stock list of all the materials your foundation repair company needs and record what comes in and goes out. Olson Foundation Repair makes the correct repairs and minimizes disruptions as much as possible to give peace to your family during the repair period.
Recycle what cannot be reused
Recycling reduces waste in a great way and also saves money. Have recycling bins strategically placed within the construction site and let your workers place the recyclable materials there. Several materials can be recycled, like paper, metal, plastic, gravel, wood, and brick.
Recycling helps conserve the environment by preventing pollution. It is also a way of saving energy as well as reduction of waste that goes to the landfills. You directly benefit from these points if you practice recycling.
Deconstruct before demolishing
Deconstruction can be a slow process but it saves many materials that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. You can save many materials like roofing, lumber, piping, windows, doors, wiring, tiles, and ceiling.
You can sell the material and use the money to buy new material. Deconstruction also helps reduce dust and protect the environment from toxic material.