Disposal of concrete can be one of the most labor intensive and even hazardous jobs when cleaning up a job site. And the larger the project and the bigger the debris, the harder it can become. Simply moving, staging, and removing the debris can be tough. Properly disposing of it is another matter altogether.
Managing the Disposal of Concrete Effectively
Most contractors will find that their options for concrete waste disposal comes down to simply just these two:
1. They can do it themselves, or
2. They can hire someone to do it for them
The “Do It Yourself” option entails some logistics and pre-planning if it is to be done safely and efficiently. Depending on the size of the job and the volume of concrete waste involved, it can be a somewhat intimidating task, especially for the smaller contractor with limited vehicles and labor.
In addition, there is often re-bar and other metals involved, as well as potentially hazardous waste materials attached to or mixed in with the concrete debris.
Concrete disposal is difficult and even dangerous because it is heavy and unwieldy. Even transporting concrete debris can be a challenge. And, while it is not normally classified as a hazardous material, the rules defining those types of materials can be confusing.
According to one article, the EPA “defines hazardous wastes in several ways, one of them being whether or not it is what is called a “characteristic” hazardous waste. Does the waste meet certain stated characteristics?” Based on standards established by the EPA, if a material has a pH greater than 12.5, it is considered a corrosive material and, by definition, a hazardous waste.
All of this means that the proper disposal of concrete involves much more than simply tossing it in the back of a truck and hauling it off to the landfill.
Your Outsourcing Options
Again, like most other decisions a contractor faces, there are a couple of options here, as well. For example, it is tempting to simply push this particular job off onto some local guy with an available truck and hope it gets done right and doesn’t take too long. And while this could be a viable option, the truth is you have a higher risk of running into additional problems using a “guy with a truck“.
Some guy in a pickup truck may be cheaper than hiring a licensed professional, but the risks outweigh the benefits, especially if you are seeking the removal of junk from your home or business. In the event that something bad happens, that guy in a pickup truck could end up costing you a great deal more in the end in terms of both time and money.
There are the real issues of safety risks, potential for damage or theft, and other legal risks. In other words, the seemingly lower cost could end up costing you far more than you anticipated.
Hiring a Professional
Ultimately, the best option of all is to outsource your concrete waste disposal to a professional, licensed firm such as Junk King, and rest assured that any disposal of concrete will be handled safely, quickly and properly. Because concrete is a great candidate for recycling, you can also be assured that your concrete debris will be put to the best uses possible.
Junk King provides an efficient, safe and eco-friendly construction waste disposal service so you don’t need to worry about the pick up or disposal of the debris after your 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.
Our team specializes in construction trash 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.