LEED Construction Waste Management: Green Recycling Methods

Green recycling is about more than just simply handling your in-home garbage. Often times construction waste is ignored as a source of landfill usage and while building in a green manner overall is useful, construction waste is still an issue that can be resolved in a more green manner. Hauling waste from construction to be recycled keeps the landfills that much clearer, and eliminates a lot of the emissions necessary to process new goods.

Green RecyclingThe Process of Additions and Rebuilding

Green building is not always about constructing an entirely new building. Often, the construction waste that comes from a building project is as much debris that is inside an existing structure to be rehabilitated or old materials that need to be removed to make way for better materials. In cases where a building with garbage inside already exists, such as when you have to clean out a building before you can work on it, construction waste also includes what can be salvaged and recycled from goods that are left over from previous users of the area.

Salvageable Objects

In some cases, objects may not even need to be recycled. While most construction waste is obviously not the type of thing that anyone would want in their homes, in a surprising number of cases goods can be reconditioned and made usable again. Sometimes recycling involves repair and clean-up, which involves fairly small amounts of labor. In these instances, construction waste can become a donation to a needy family, or can be resold inexpensively to a business that can use the object effectively and may not care if it is previously used.

Electronic Components

Electronic components are filled with recyclable materials. From the plastic or metal casings that most electronic devices come in, to the gold in many integrated circuits, all the way down to the circuits themselves, almost every part of an electronic item can be recycled and made good enough to use again. Even the paper labels that are generally attached to electronics can be recycled. Naturally, salvage is not all there is to construction waste, and goods that would otherwise go into the structure itself will naturally be a large percentage of the construction waste to be hauled away in a green manner.

Metal, Plastic and Paper

Metal, plastic and paper are traditional parts of almost all of the materials that are involved in the building trades. Plastic is a major component of buckets, some kinds of spacers and is also used to wrap many finishing goods. Often a site will produce many pounds of plastic in small, barely noticeable amounts at a time. Metal comes about when there is excess wire or nails that are no longer useful that are easy to simply drop, and trace amounts of metals can happen due to all kinds of construction practices. Paper is not only attached to many goods placed in buildings, but is also a component of sheetrock that is to be tossed out. In many cases, recycling plants can pick through these goods and separate what is useful from what must be thrown away.

Surprising Percentages

A surprising percentage of construction waste can be recycled. In fact, hauling companies dedicated to recycling can often put 60 percent or more of what they haul off back into the loop, to be used again later somewhere else. Working with a company that is dedicated to recycling and making sure that as little construction waste ends up in a landfill as possible is a great way to keep the environment and the construction site healthier.

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