One unavoidable side effect of doing demolition, is winding up with lots of waste. Managing this waste is one of the most important parts of demolition, and can separate a good demolition company from a great demolition company. At DT Specialized, we take waste management seriously, and we wanted to share some demolition waste management basics with you.
Set a Goal
A lot of waste can be recycled, but sadly we’re not able to recycle everything, yet. So, when we start a new project, the first step is to set a goal of how much we think we can recycle. This goal can range anywhere from 50% to above 80% depending on the project. When a goal is set, it’s important to communicate it to everyone who will be involved in the demolition project.
Get the Equipment
Once we’ve estimated the amount of waste that will be produced from a project and how much we think we can recycle, we need to make sure we have the right equipment in the right place to achieve our goal. This includes equipment like: containers, haulers, crushers, and movers. If we’re crushing at the job site instead of at our own yard, we’ll need to make plans to move the crusher. On the other hand, if we crush at our yard we’ll need to round up some trucks to haul the material.
After everything has been sorted, crushed, and made useful again, it needs to go somewhere. The final step in the waste management process is to line up buyers who need the newly recycled materials. The destination might affect the recycling method, so ideally this last step will be considered before the process is set into action.
There’s an old adage that goes, “failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is saying rings true for demolition waste management, which is why we always have a plan.