Properly Disposing of Demolition Waste

All you have to do to get rid of normal trash is remember to drag the trash can out to the curb every Thursday. When it comes to demolition waste, it’s not that easy. Construction and demolition (C&D) waste is the nonhazardous material that is produced from a construction, demolition, remodeling, or repair project. Some of the most common types of C&D waste include:

  • Concrete
  • Bricks
  • Wood
  • Plaster
  • Drywall
  • Metal
  • Plumbing fixtures
  • Insulation (non-asbestos)
  • Roofing materials
  • Glass
  • Wiring
  • Rock
  • Soil

The overall goal of dealing with C&D waste is to keep as much debris out of the landfill as possible. This goal is accomplished by the three R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle. We can reduce the amount of waste by opting for selective demolition when appropriate. This method of demolition only demolishes what’s absolutely necessary instead of taking down the entire structure. There are normally perfectly good items like doors, light fixtures, and plumbing hardware that can easily be reused if they are removed properly.

Recycling is probably the most effective way to deal with C&D waste. Materials like concrete, rebar, and wood can all be recycled for future use. In fact, 2/3 of all US steel production comes from steel recycled from demolition sites. Concrete can be crushed and turned into gravel or concrete mix. At DT Specialized Services, we have our own concrete crusher to make recycling more feasible and efficient. This allows us to recycle more material and keep more debris out of landfills.