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Getting Strategic With Construction Waste Removal

Getting Strategic With Construction Waste Removal


The best contractors are not only the ones who know their business and know how to build. They are the ones who also deliver on or before their schedule deadline, but also deliver under budget. That requires a good strategy and that strategy should include construction waste removal.

Construction Waste Removal as a Project Strategy

The truth is that no contractor can control every facet of a construction project. Nor can they foresee every circumstance that might put them over budget or behind schedule. But planning for and taking a strategic approach for removing trash from your job site can easily be a part of every contractor's approach.

You might be asking, "What's the big deal about construction waste anyway?" Good question. Construction trash, waste and debris are all part of any construction project. It has been estimated by some sources that the bulk of construction debris in the U.S. is generated from commercial demolition projects.

Oftentimes these are preliminary stages before new construction or renovation of commercial sites can take place. Interestingly, non-residential, or commercial construction only accounts for 3% of the overall C&D debris generated annually. Regardless of where your own category of trash comes from, the fact is that it is always there and it always has to be hauled away.

Taking Strategic Steps to Construction Waste Removal

The one inescapable fact of construction is that it not only produces buildings, but it produces debris in the process. And cleaning up construction sites is not always just a job that's get's to be put off to the end of the project. For larger projects lasting weeks or months, site clean up and debris disposal can be a regular task that has to be done every week, or even a few times a week.

One of the problems that makes the construction debris disposal an issue for contractors is a lack of planning. Because it is always something that has to be done and no one really wants to do it. So the approach is often haphazard and usually put off until it has to be taken care of.

However, by taking a few simple, proactive steps you can streamline and improve your entire construction debris disposal process:

3 Tips To Optimize Your Waste Removal

1. Designated debris containers/bins - Too often contractors and their subs overlook the efficiency of dumpsters or bins for holding material debris and waste. In addition to the safety factor of keeping cut-offs and other debris littering a site, designated containers can allow you to separate recyclable materials from hazardous materials, and so on.

2. Weekly clean-ups with designated personnel - Creating an actual plan with a schedule as part of the construction process is an efficient approach for disposing of site debris. Having the same members of your crew tasked with regular clean up at set times helps to ensure consistent and quicker clean up, as well. The plan and schedule should include your sub-contractors at every phase of the project.

3. Hire a professional firm for hauling and disposal - One of the best ways to minimize your own costs in terms of wages, fuel, fees and time lost in production is to outsource the actual loading, hauling and disposal of your construction waste. While it might seem to be somewhat counter-intuitive to pay someone else to haul your trash, you can actually be spending far less by outsourcing this work.

Strategic Planning for Debris Hauling

As most contractors and site managers know, cleaning up and hauling off debris can be done with their own crew members and their own vehicles. Better yet, some contractors feel they have gotten a great deal by simply handing off this work to a local individual with an available truck. The downsides of both these approaches are numerous.

Doing it yourself involves not only the costs and time involved with cleaning, removing and hauling the material, but also the "lost opportunity costs" of having labor and vehicles tied up with debris removal and not with building.

Hiring an independent contractor who happens to be a "guy with a truck" can seem to be a smart option. However, with this approach you run the risks of legal issues, lack of accountability, and possibly finding that they aren't as quick and efficient as you need to keep your project moving forward on schedule.

Outsourcing Construction Waste Removal as a Management Strategy

The best option is to outsource this work to a licensed, reputable, professional hauling company. The advantages with this approach far outweigh opting to do it yourself. Competence, security and the peace of mind comes with knowing your vendor will do the job right and quickly. The costs involved can often be far less than doing it with your own staff. The potential for costly issues that can arise by using a local person with a truck are eliminated.

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.

Getting Strategic With Construction Waste Removal


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