Austin Demolition: Make It Green

Posted: April 22, 2014 in Austin Demolition Services
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It’s Earth Day! And in honor of Earth Day, we’d like to explain why we’re passionate about green demolition.

Green demolition? Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? How could demolishing a building ever be considered green?

Well, it’s estimated that up to 90% of demolition waste is recyclable. Wood, metal, cardboard, paper, plastic, concrete, gravel, drywall, roofing, glass and carpeting – all of these common demolition waste items can be recycled.

Unfortunately, only 30% of demolition contractors recycle demolition waste. With demolition waste accounting for about 80 million tons of waste annually, this is a ton of unnecessary trash we’re producing!

So what can you do to stop this unnecessary waste?

First, understand the difference between demolition and deconstruction. In essence, demolition is a catch all term that encompasses deconstruction. Hence, all deconstruction jobs are demolition jobs, but not all demolition jobs are deconstruction jobs. Demolition refers to any form of tearing down a building. Deconstruction, however, refers to “unbuilding.” Specifically, it’s a term used to describe taking apart a home in a way that salvages as many materials as possible for reuse.

Discuss this with your demolition contractor before you hire them. If you have a lot of materials that will be able to be donated, such as tile, carpet, fixtures, etc, make sure they know your preference is for these items to be donated.

If you don’t have many items that can be donated, your job will be considered a demolition job, but that’s no reason it can’t still be green! Make sure your demolition contractor will recycle all your waste. If this is a problem for them, hire someone else!

And as always, if you’re in need of an Austin demolition company that will recycle all your demolition waste, you can find Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter or Google+!


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