How to Store and Dispose of Hazardous Construction Waste
Follow these procedures for selecting containers and safely storing hazardous construction waste at your facility. If you have any questions, or need assistance, call Hazardous Waste Experts at (888) 681-8923.
What is construction waste?
Construction waste is material produced directly or incidentally as a result of ongoing construction projects or demolition. It can include building materials such as insulation, rebar, nails, electrical wiring, as well as tree stumps, rubble, and certain dredging materials.
Is construction waste dangerous?
The simple answer is yes. Certain types of construction waste can pose health hazards to both humans and the environment. When buildings are torn down, workers and people within the neighborhood can potentially be exposed to toxic chemicals. Additionally, some materials may contain things like lead or asbestos.
Can I recycle construction waste?
There are certain types of construction waste which may be able to be recycled. The first thing you will want to do is to make sure you identify who, in your area, will accept it. Once you do, some common items that can be recycled in most areas are, as follows:
- Appliances and fixtures
- Cardboard and paper
- Roofing (in reusable form)
- Lumber and plywood (in reusable form)
Why is construction waste a problem?
Finding an alternative to tossing construction and demolition waste into landfills is becoming more and more crucial due to the fact that landfills continue filling up with these types of wastes, amongst others, and many landfills are starting to get shut down. In addition, failing to properly dispose of construction and demolition waste can increase cleanup costs, raise the risk for health issues, and even decrease property values. Given these consequences, it’s important that this type of waste, like any other, gets disposed of in proper fashion.
How can I reduce construction waste and demolition debris?
Though it can be difficult, reducing the amount of construction and demolition debris you produce during a job can be accomplished through careful planning. Taking the time to put together a good estimate when ordering raw materials needed for the job and, in addition, making sure the proper amounts are delivered, you can take one step towards reducing the waste you may produce.
How can I landfill my construction demolition debris?
Some construction and demolition waste is appropriate for landfills and can be transported to them via any waste hauler. One thing you will want to do is make sure that the disposal facility you have in mind accepts construction and demolition waste. Some materials you may have, like lead-based paint, could need to be tested prior to disposal and may need to be treated as special waste.
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Hazardous Waste Experts is the choice for compliant, low-cost, and sustainable solutions to your construction waste and recycling challenges. We are experts in recycling many different types of construction waste, including wood, brick and block, carpet and paper, gypsum drywall, linoleum, shingles, PVC piping, and rebar. If you find yourself wondering what to do with your construction waste, call us today and we’ll be happy to guide you through the process.