One of the constants of construction work is the need to haul junk away from the job site. Whether it’s the results of renovating, the debris created from demolition, or even the waste and trash from building construction, there is junk that has to be gotten rid of.
Construction Requires Contractors to Haul Junk Away
For smaller jobs such as a residential renovation of a bathroom or kitchen, the volume of debris may be relatively minor. Oftentimes these size jobs generate a pickup truck load that can be easily hauled off at the finish of the project. But larger jobs produce larger volumes of trash and debris, and require larger loads to be hauled away.
Lengthy commercial projects involving weeks or months of construction can produce literally tons of junk – some of it hazardous, some of it recyclable. On these types of jobs it becomes a major project to haul junk away. So the question faced by every contractor on every job, large or small, is how will we decide to haul junk away cost-effectively?
3 Approaches to Cost-Effective Junk Hauling
When it comes to the actual work of hauling construction junk and debris, there are essentially three options for any contractor:
1. Do it yourself
2. Find someone with an available truck
3. Outsource to a professional junk hauling firm
Each of these are viable and legitimate options. In fact, depending on the size of your firm, you may have already tried a few different approaches for dealing with your construction site junk problem. Let’s look at these choices a bit further.
Do It Yourself
The old saying that “time is money” is business reality. If you happen to be paying a laborer around $20 an hour then you know the actual cost to you is closer to $27 an hour in California. Having this laborer clean up a site, put it all in a company truck, then take it to a landfill – if there is one – to dump it, clean out the truck, and return to the job site can take a great deal of time. In fact, depending on the size of the job and the amount of debris, it can take half a day or more.
This means a five-hour clean up job not only costs you over $135 in labor costs – plus gas, mileage, and dumping fees – but it also costs five hours of productivity lost at the construction site. Altogether, this task has cost the contractor over $300 and just to get rid of the trash! And that’s if you only use one employee to do it.
Someone With an Available Truck
Hiring an individual who is a friend, colleague, or just a local guy with a truck can often be a cost-effective approach. However, problems can arise as 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.
The fact is you can usually hire someone with a truck and hope the job gets done. But that’s the problem with that approach: you hope it gets done. Not only that, but done right and done legally because not everything can be hauled off to the nearest landfill.
In addition, there is the potential issue with improperly disposed material that government agencies have determined as hazardous. Possible liability and penalty concerns should be enough to rethink this option. And everything doesn’t need to be disposed of when so much can be recycled and re-purposed.
Hire a Professional Hauling Firm
A third option is to outsource this work to a licensed, reputable, professional hauling company like Junk King. 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 guy in a truck are eliminated.
Here are three more reasons to opt for outsourcing your construction junk hauling:
1. Save production time lost to clean up and “dump runs”
Better to have your laborers on site working on tasks that produce revenue than to have them burning up a percentage of your budget off site at the dump or recycling center.
2. Minimize clean up and disposal costs
Every hour spent and every employee engaged in clean up and disposal adds up. It can be significantly cost effective to outsource that work to a competent and professional specialist.
3. Eliminate the time and effort of disposal and recycling logistics
Getting rid of your construction trash is not just a simple matter of “throwing it away.” Recycling is not only a good idea, but in many instances it is required. And with landfills disappearing, the acceptable options for proper disposal and recycling of construction site debris can be problematic. And you really don’t have time for that!
Efficiency and Peace of Mind as Additional Benefits
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.