Material Recovery in Demolition

Debris is a byproduct of every demolition project. No matter the size or nature of a project, at least some debris will be produced. At DT Specialized Services, our goal is to turn this debris into recyclable materials that can be used on future construction projects. Materials like glass, concrete, steel, drywall, tile, and plumbing fixtures can all be recycled if enough effort is put forth.

The first step in any project is to identify which materials can be reused or recycled. Almost any building material can be recycled, but it’s not always economical to do so. Figuring out the best and most cost-effective material recovery plan isn’t easy, and a little experience will go a long way. Ultimately, you have to determine how much it will cost in labor and processing to recycle the material and then figure out how much you can sell the recycled material for. If the first number is bigger than the second, then you’ve got the green light for recycling.

It’s also very important to properly educate staff and crew on the importance of material recovery and best practices. Creating a detailed recovery plan isn’t much good if the crew doesn’t know how to execute it. Once the crew knows how to recover the materials, they need to get excited about the process. The best way to do this is to create a personal incentive program that rewards crew members for going the extra mile to recover as much material as possible.

In some cities and counties, material recovery and recycling are actually required in order to get the proper permits. Communities have become more aware of the negative effects of dumping tons and tons of materials into landfills, and they’re doing what they can to promote recycling. These local ordinances are a great way to ensure recycling is happening as much as possible.