Wastes from construction sites MUST be dealt with to prevent environmental damage, legal issues and more. However it’s sometimes hard to know where to start – don’t know what materials to dispose of and why? Let us help you.
The first phase of good construction waste management is to plan ahead. You can reduce the amount of excess before you start by taking the time to calculate as accurately as possible the quantity of materials that you require. Moreover, consider the type of packaging you are using (is it recyclable?) and assess the quality of the storage facilities you’ll have on-site (Are they waterproof?, Is there anything that you could potentially cause leaks?).
You need to know what waste your site is going to produce throughout the building process. Once these have been identified they need to be split into different groups so you can effectively manage them. For example, refuse building materials could be designated as ‘solid waste’. Solid waste needs to be kept in watertight containers so they can’t be affected by rain. Furthermore, regular collections must be performed so that the containers do not overflow.
Anything that is ‘hazardous’ is to be handled and stored with extreme care. In almost all cases there must be some level of interaction with local authorities regarding the disposal. Hazardous waste containers must not leak; remember that it’s your responsibility to guarantee they don’t! Safety details are always displayed, so don’t worry about your workforce not knowing what to do.
You’ll also need to take into account the utilisation of pesticides and similar products on your construction site. Like other aforementioned waste they need to be stored in a container somewhere dry. Spillages are likely to occur with these types of materials. Deal with this by having appropriate, absorbent equipment nearby. It’s a given that there will be vehicles on-site and therefore will be plenty of fuel. Although this isn’t directly related to the construction process it is a vital part of your waste management. Stop spills and store fuel safely.
The final grouping of waste you need to concern yourself with is ‘detergents’. You’ll use them to wash surfaces and vehicles, keep in mind that treated water should never be poured down a drain – it causes pollution. Reduce the likelihood of this happening by making sure your team doesn’t use them anymore than they need to.
Of course every member of your workforce needs to understand the importance of these procedures in order for you to succeed. This can be easier said than done so provide documented instructions and schedule regular meetings to make sure you’re orders are followed. Take note: this can’t be a one-off! In order for you to consistently perform high-level waste management you need to carry out these tasks every single day of your construction.
Yes, it’s going to cost you money to do this. Getting the man-power and the signs you need to get your message across will result in additional fees you need to pay. Wondering how you benefit from all this? Well practised management results in a reduction in transportation and disposal costs as well as less wastage of building materials. In addition, you will find it easier to recycle or reuse resources. Most importantly you’ll show people that you’re willing to take the time to dispose of waste in an environmentally friendly fashion. This’ll enhance your reputation and image.
It’s normal to find all this a little overwhelming, ensure you’re doing it right by hiring a professional construction waste disposal service today – benefit from the expertise of specialists who have been there and done it for years.Whatever way you choose to carry out waste management, know your doing the right thing for yourself and the environment.