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Being Strategic About Construction Waste

Being Strategic About Construction Waste


All construction – whether it’s large commercial projects or smaller residential jobs – creates debris and requires construction waste removal. Trash from material packaging, cutoffs of material, scrap, and demolition debris are the normal by-products of a building project.

But cleaning all this up, hauling it out, and disposing of it is not really a part of construction. Except that someone’s got to do it!

Construction Waste Removal Is A Critical Task

Large construction companies often have the vehicles and crew to do this, but not everyone can or wants to be tasked with their own construction waste removal. One option is to simply hire a local trash-hauling operation or someone with an idle truck and a desire to make a few bucks. But this can be risky and often inefficient.

Five Questions to Ask About Construction Waste Removal

While you may decide that smaller jobs are easy enough to clean up and haul out yourself, it is usually more cost-effective to outsource this job to a professional company specializing construction debris removal. While cost is certainly a factor, it is not the only or even most important factor to take into consideration.

Here are five questions to ask any prospective contractor offering waste removal.

1. Do you provide free, on-site estimates for debris removal?
A quality removal firm will not give you an estimate over the phone for this type of work. They should come to your site and work with you to determine the scope and potential volume of debris that will be produced. An estimate should include all phases of the removal work including recurring pick-ups and removal.

2. Do you offer site clean-up as well as debris hauling?
It’s one thing to pick up construction debris and trash to be hauled off site. It is another thing altogether to clean up a site in the process. While it is not expected that a debris hauling company is going to dust, vacuum and provide complete site restoration, a professional firm will ensure that the site is left in a state that is safe and clean.

3. How quickly can you be on-site when needed and how fast will you complete the job?
Since many projects are time-sensitive and often have limited windows of time to allow for debris removal, a company offering those services should be able to respond quickly, work quickly, and complete the task within the required time frame allowed. Flexibility and efficiency are hallmarks of a truly professional removal firm.

4. Can you provide both one-time and recurring debris pick-up and removal?
Larger construction projects can generate debris at a pace and in amounts that cannot be left to the end of the job. This can require a number of scheduled pick-ups and removal throughout the life of the project. In addition, depending on the location of the project and the nature of the work, periodic clean-up may be needed for aesthetic and public safety reasons.

5. Will my construction waste be properly disposed of?
Construction firms commonly produce a wide variety of debris materials that must be removed and disposed of in accordance with hazardous waste disposal rules. And the list of common construction debris considered hazardous waste is quite long.

Your local agencies, as well as the Federal and State agencies, have specific requirements for the proper handling and disposal of various materials and substances. It is paramount that whoever is tasked with removing and disposing of construction debris be knowledgeable in this area. Professional firms will make use of the proper disposal sites and methods, while recycling as much of the materials as possible.

Even businesses not engaged in regular construction or demolition can generate hazardous waste debris. Regardless of the source, this is not the kind of junk you can just toss into the trash can or commercial dumpster. And hauling it yourself can present of a number of problems. Fortunately, there are professional firms such as Junk King that can make this task simple and efficient for your business.

It Makes Sense to Outsource Your Construction Waste Removal

Debris hauling and site clean-up might be considered “part of the job” for many contractors, it really doesn't need to be. When you consider that every hour your crew spends picking up debris, cleaning the site, and hauling and disposing of the material, is an hour NOT spent generating revenue on a project, the cost begins to add up. Add in the possible costs of hazardous material disposal and even required training for your employees, the benefits of outsourcing these tasks become more attractive.

Do you have a current or upcoming project that will need clean-up and removal? If so, call Junk King! Our team specializes in construction debris removal. We can be at your facility in mere minutes, so call us today! Our crew is fully insured and well-trained, so you can trust them to get rid of your unwanted items in a professional and courteous fashion. One of the best things about hiring Junk King is that we recycle a much of the material we pick-up. This is proof of our commitment to being an eco-friendly removal service. If you have questions about what we do or what we believe, give us a call at (707) 744-4254.

Being Strategic About Construction Waste


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