When most of us think about the issues of trash and pollution, we probably think about plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, and other types of packaging waste that we throw away on a daily basis. Though these types of trash certainly contribute to our overall waste problem, another source of waste is much more problematic in terms of total volume.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), around “600 million tons of C&D debris were generated in the United States in 2018, which is more than twice the amount of generated municipal solid waste (MSW).” To put that into perspective, the waste from construction and demolition sites was more than double the amount of all the waste taken away by municipal garbage trucks across the country.
Construction and Demolition (C&D) debris is a type of waste from construction sites. The most common types of C&D debris includes steel, wood products, drywall and plaster, brick and clay tile, asphalt shingles, concrete, and asphalt concrete, glass from windows and doors, used carpeting and wood flooring, and other common building materials. C&D debris is generated both by individual homes and larger commercial building projects. It also comes from massive infrastructure engineering projects such as from the construction of roads and bridges.
This short article will analyze some of the specific challenges that come with C&D debris in the San Francisco area. We then look at one simple strategy that allow individuals, homeowners, and business owners to responsibly deal with the C&D debris that they generate.
Construction Projections in the San Francisco Area
Across the country and around the world, new homes, businesses, and other infrastructure will need to be built in the coming decades to properly house and service our growing population. Furthermore, as the building sector attempts to reduce its emissions via low carbon and zero carbon building techniques, major retrofits of existing buildings will most likely also begin to ramp up. Advances in energy efficient building techniques fortunately means that our built infrastructure will reduce its carbon footprint. On the other hand, new building projects (and demolition projects) inevitably result in enormous amounts of C&D debris.
In the San Francisco region alone, new house construction should continue to grow in the coming years. For much of the past three decades, the San Francisco Bay Area has faced a serious affordable housing shortage. In October of 2015, San Francisco had the highest rents of any major US city, and ex-mayor Ed Lee called the shortage a “housing crisis.” As housing prices drop in the post-COVID world, new construction of single family and multi-family housing units should continue to grow.
Furthermore, the state of California is continually implementing new legislation regarding renewable energy sources and energy efficient building techniques in an attempt to reduce the carbon emissions of the building industry. This legislation will also continue to increase the demand on the construction sector, as energy efficient retrofits become more common.
Both new construction and renovations on existing infrastructure will certainly create an enormous amount of construction and demolition debris that needs to be properly disposed of. Unlike other towns and cities that allow C&D debris to be sent to the landfills, the Bay area is one of the national leaders in requiring the recycling and proper disposal of this type of debris.
The San Francisco Department of the Environment states that “by law, C&D debris material removed from a project must be recycled or reused. No C&D debris can be taken to landfill or put in the garbage.” This ordinance, in effect since 2006, has drastically reduced the pressure on area landfills. It has also forced local builders and others in the industry to increase the amount of recycled materials incorporated into their building projects, thus contributing to the growing Circular Economy that is emerging in the Bay area.
Renting a Dumpster to Responsibly (and Legally) Deal with C&D Debris from Your Construction Project
According to the San Francisco Ordinance No.27-06 that took effect on July 1, 2006, C&D debris material is required by law to be separated by type at the job site (source-separated) for reuse or recycling (such as metal, wood, drywall, cardboard, concrete, etc.) must be taken to a facility that reuses or recycles those materials.
Renting a dumpster from Junk King of San Francisco is one of the best ways to be in compliance with this law. We are the Bay Area´s number one-rated professional junk company. Besides offering full-service junk removal for everything that is not classified as toxic waste, we also have several different sizes of dumpsters that we rent to individuals and businesses in San Francisco.
Whether you are an individual homeowner doing a DIY renovation on your home, or are large contractor company building a new multi-family condo, our professional customer service representatives can help you determine what type of dumpster rental is best to help you efficiently deal with the C&D debris that you accumulate. Besides offering several different sizes of dumpster (as measured by the cubic yard), we can also help you find the best place to locate your dumpster. You can read a detailed explanation of the ordinance regulating the placement of dumpster rentals and debris boxes in San Francisco here.
Once you have hired a dumpster from Junk King of San Francisco, you simply need to let us know when you need us to come and pick up the contents. Our professional junk removal technicians will do all the heavy lifting and hauling. Furthermore, we comply with all local legislation that ensures your construction and demolition debris is promptly taken to a Registered Facility where it is recycled, donated, and kept out of area landfills.
How to Rent a Dumpster from Junk King of San Francisco
Junk King of San Francisco is proud to be a franchise of America´s greenest junk removal service. We offer both junk removal and self-service dumpster rentals to help you deal with your construction and demolition debris in the most affordable, efficient, and environmentally friendly way possible. We also offer the best customer service, and are proud to have a 5-star rating on Yelp. We promise to beat any written estimate and can help you get rid of your junk in an easy and professional manner.
To rent a dumpster from Junk King of San Francisco, simply give us a call at 1-888-888-5865. Our booking specialists will help you determine the best size dumpster for your needs. We will also help ensure that your dumpster rental will be installed in the most convenient spot that doesn’t infringe on any local ordinances. You can also text us at 1-737-888-5865 to get a free estimate for your dumpster rental.