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Spring Means More Construction Debris Removal

Spring Means More Construction Debris Removal

In many places, the arrival of spring means great weather and increased construction. But that also means more construction debris removal to take care of.

One of the never-ending and non-revenue generating tasks in every construction job is getting rid of the trash. Construction debris removal is a job that has to be done, takes time to get it done, and costs money without adding any profit. Contractors don't look forward to it and crews would rather do other things, but it is a job that must be done. 

Construction Produces a Great Deal of Debris and Waste

According the EPA, builders in the United States generate over 200 million tons of construction waste annually. While much of this still ends up in landfills and dumps, many types of waste materials that are the result of housing construction, for example, can be reused, refurbished, or recycled into usable products.

By taking a strategic and proactive approach to construction debris, contractors can not only make the debris removal and disposal chore easier on themselves, they can contribute to the health of the environment and even make some money.

Here are a few tips for builders and contractors who want to develop strategies for salvaging useful waste materials:

  • Instead of creating a pile of mixed materials when renovating or building your home, consider separating and salvaging useful materials, including lumber, fixtures, hardware, and appliances.
  • One way to do this for an existing home is through deconstruction, the systematic and careful removal of materials from structures for reuse or recycling.
  • Outlets are available in many areas to collect or purchase used and salvaged building materials, and some nonprofit organizations also accept used building materials.

Recycling is an option, as well. A large variety of construction waste materials can be recycled in places where there are facilities that provide that service. For example:

  • Wood can be recycled into reclaimed or composite wood products such as furniture and plastic/wood-composite decks, as well as mulch and other products. (Note: wood from decks, roofing or other outdoor applications was likely treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA), a hazardous substance, and should be disposed, NOT reused, recycled or burned.)
  • Asphalt, masonry, concrete, and rubble can be recycled into aggregate or new asphalt and concrete products.
  • Metals, including steel, copper, and brass, are valuable commodities to recycle, especially in light of the current market for certain metals.

Recycling and re-purposing of construction waste makes a real difference. It is estimated that the area of landfill that is not needed because of recycling just construction waste is equivalent to over 4, 300 acres at a depth of 50 feet. That's over 3 billion square yards of landfill each year!

Options for Construction Site Debris Management

Debris management might seem like a fancy term for taking care of all the waste and trash from your construction project. Most contractors simply treat it as an afterthought, or delegate the chore to some of their crew without much thought at all. However, being strategic and cost-effective requires management and forethought. 

One option for smaller jobs is to use a MINI dumpster. 

Because many building projects involve continual or long-term clean up, the option to rent a dumpster for collecting an disposing of project debris is far more efficient and cost-effective. Dumpster rentals are an especially good idea for residential construction projects, for example.

However, traditional full-sized dumpsters offer a few problems for residential contractors:

  • The cost is often prohibitive.
  • The space that is taken up can be inconvenient and obstruct driveways or parking lots.
  • Traditional dumpsters also are unsightly eyesores that sits on your job for days, attracting unwanted animals and glares from the customer's neighbors.
  • Finally, you often will be charged separately for any labor that goes into a dumpster rental.

But now you have the option of using the mini-dumpster drop-off services from Junk King. With the MINI Dumpster, these issues are either eliminated or minimized. Their smaller size and the quick delivery and pick-up services make this dumpster the right choice for larger junk hauling needs. 

Another option is to outsource all the debris removal work.

Trash hauling and site clean-up might be considered “part of the job” for contractors, but it really doesn’t have 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.

And the bigger the job, the more the opportunity costs add up.

Add to that the possible costs of hazardous material disposal and even required training for your employees, the benefits of outsourcing these tasks become more attractive.

There is more to proper junk removal than simply throwing stuff into the back of a truck. Knowing what can be disposed of legally and where constitutes a large part of what makes a professional firm the better choice. And simply taking everything to the local landfill – assuming there is one – is not always the most cost-effective means of disposal. Recycling and re-purposing many items and materials is a responsible approach for a business to take.


Finding the Right "Pro" for Your Construction Debris Removal

Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly construction debris disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after the project is complete. Whether you need our services several times during a construction project or just once after it is complete, our hauling professionals will ensure that the construction debris is out of your way so that you can get on with the job.

How can you get us on the site for construction debris disposal? It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3. You make an appointment by booking online above or by calling 1.888.888.JUNK (5865). Our professional and insured hauling team will show up at your site; we call 15 minutes before we arrive on and we’ll give you a free estimate based on how much room your debris takes up in our truck. You point and we haul the construction waste into our junk removal trucks, with no hidden fees.


Spring Means More Construction Debris Removal


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