Austin Waste Management: How Much Waste Do Demolition & Construction Produce?

Posted: January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized
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We’re not going to mince words here: demolition and construction jobs can produce a lot of waste. In fact, it’s estimated that construction waste, which includes demolition waste, produces about 1/3 of all the trash in landfills.

However, most construction waste can be recycled or reused. Recycling and reusing construction waste has numerous benefits according to the Washington state government, who has declared it a priority to cut down on the amount of construction waste. They point out that recycling and reusing construction waste conserves valuable resources, saves money, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and conserves landfill space.

So what all can be recycled?

Bob Falk, a researcher at Forest Services’ USDA Forest Products Laboratory, estimates that almost 90% of a demolished home can be recycled. In fact, the most common waste products produced on a construction site are metal, cardboard, paper, plastic, wood, concrete, gravel, drywall, asphalt roofing, glass and carpeting – all of which can be recycled!

But according to the Environmental Protection Agency, less than 30% of all construction debris gets recycled, with the most commonly recycled items being concrete, asphalt, metal and wood.

In addition to recycling, items like fixtures, doors, lighting, etc. can be donated to Habitat for Humanity ReStores. The ReStores sell the items for a small price with all profits going towards building more houses for those in need.

For these reasons, we encourage all construction companies to look for a green waste removal company. At Dirty Work, we make sure all the construction waste we haul away gets recycled appropriately. If you’d like more information on our construction waste recycling program, visit our website or call us at 512-328-3698. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter

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