Construction projects can produce a lot of waste, it is important to understand the different types and how they should be disposed of. Everyone is aware of the environment’s current condition, waste management is a component of working towards a healthier environment. If waste is not disposed of properly, there are immense effects that concern the environment and public health.
An array of waste can be produced from a construction project, some are recyclable, some are not, and some require special attention to dispose of. Find below a list of five types of waste produced from construction and how they are managed.
1. Dredging Materials
Materials and objects that are displaced during the preparation phase of a construction or demolition project are known as dredging materials. Examples of dredging materials are tree stumps, dirt and rocks.
Some dredging materials can be reused, waste management companies can help you identify what is recyclable and send it to the correct recycling plant.
2. Hazardous Waste
Certain projects can produce hazardous waste which requires special attention because this type of waste can have adverse effects on public health and the environment if not disposed of safely. Asbestos, lead, paint thinners, plasterboard, strippers, solvents, mercury, aerosol cans and fluorescent light bulbs are all examples of hazardous waste.
There are usually strict regulations and guidelines to the disposal of hazardous waste that varies depending on your location. Non-compliance can result in fines and penalties, be sure to research your local regulations in relation to hazardous waste. Waste management companies should already be aware of how to dispose of hazardous materials.
3. Building Materials and Solid Waste
Construction, demolition, remodeling and restoration projects produce a lot of waste that consists of wood, brick, plastic, scrap metal, screws and nails, insulation, plaster, cement and electrical wiring, otherwise known as building materials.
The waste that has built up might be damaged or unused, however, there are likely other uses for the waste. Wood, cement, plaster and bricks can all be recycled and reused for other purposes.
To ensure that your waste is recycled and disposed of properly, talk with your waste management team or recycling company to work out a disposal system for recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
4. Liquid Waste
Depending on the nature of the construction project, there may be high volumes of liquid waste such as dirty water, oil and waste detergents. Liquid waste is usually classified as manufactured or natural liquids which helps with the disposal process.
Certain liquids can be hazardous, particularly if it is man-made instead of a natural substance. Liquid waste can pose a problem at times since it is not solid, therefore difficult to transport. Construction waste management services should be aware of the most effective liquid waste disposal techniques without violating any hazard related laws.
5. Organic Waste
Any waste that comes from something that was once living is organic waste, such as old foods and garden materials. It is unlikely that you will have an exorbitant amounts of organic waste on a construction site, although, if you do it is important that you dispose of it properly.
Organic waste shouldn’t be disposed of with regular waste because it can lead to the production of methane. Instead, look into purchasing a “green bin” within your area to dispose of this type of waste correctly. This waste will be sent to a landfill meant just for organic waste which turns into manure over time through the inner workings of microorganisms.