Any construction project comes with some waste and debris that needs to be properly disposed of. Constructing debris will usually be taken to a landfill or recycling facility, depending on the material. There is also toxic construction debris like asbestos that needs to be handled safely, so it does not harm the environment. We’re going to give you an overview of how to properly dispose of your construction waste with the most environmentally friendly solutions.
Reuse and Recycle Construction Debris
The best-case scenario when removing construction debris is that it can be reused in another project. Masonry material, like brick and stonework, as well as windows and doors, can be reused depending on their condition. If you do not need the items, there might be another contractor or homeowner that is. Contacting a local building materials supply company is another viable option in recycling used materials.
Recycling centers also accept materials like metal, concrete, asphalt, wood, and corrugated cardboard. Items can either be taken directly to the recycling center or loaded onto a rented dumpster before taken to the recycling center.
How to Dispose of Construction Waste at a Landfill
If construction waste cannot be reused or recycled, then the landfill is the next option. Waste can either be taken directly to the landfill or picked up by a demolition contractor. Heavy construction waste, including brick and concrete, can damage pickup trucks if overfilled, so it might be best to have the waste hauled out with a trash removal service. A large amount of construction waste will call for renting a dumpster, which is hauled to the landfill after being filled up.
Items that can be taken to a landfill
- Asphalt and Asphalt shingles
- Brick and masonry block
- Tile, porcelain, mirror, ceramic
- Toilets, sinks, and bathtubs
- Untreated wood
- Drywall and plaster
Items Banned From Landfills
- Asbestos-containing material
- Paints, stains, varnish
- Mercury-containing devices
- Waste oil, oil filters
- Explosives, fireworks
- Medical waste, syringes
- Pool chemicals
- Propane tanks
- Large appliances
- Treated wood
These items are banned from landfills because they pose an environmental risk if the toxic material gets washed down from the landfill into waterways. If you are not sure if you have hazardous material, it’s best to have a qualified waste removal specialist dispose of the material in an environmentally conscious manner.
How to dispose of asbestos-containing material
Asbestos is a hazardous material found in insulation, adhesives, and some electrical components. Asbestos is both harmful to the environment and causes cancer, so it is now illegal to use. Older buildings still have asbestos-containing material, which should be removed safely. The EPA is the best contact for the most up to date information on how to manage asbestos in your home or workplace.
Construction sites produce lots of waste that needs to be disposed of properly. Building material, including brick and masonry, can be reused, so contacting a local building materials supply company is a viable option for recycling construction debris. Recycling centers also accept lots of materials, including untreated wood, metals, concrete, asphalt, and cardboard. If waste does have to be taken to the landfill, make sure there is no hazardous waste. If there is any hazardous waste it is best to contact a trash removal specialist to determine the best options.