The Basics Of An Effective Waste Management Plan

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A waste management plan is an essential part of the preliminary stages of a demolition project. Its purpose is to identify both the types of waste that will be encountered and the estimated amount. The plan also details what will be done with the waste and estimated costs. Here are the basics of an effective waste management plan, which will reduce waste and increase recycling and reuse of materials.
  • Waste diversion goal
Before any other steps are taken, you should set a waste diversion goal that's realistic and attainable. Base your goal on previous projects. A typical goal may be that you recycle or reuse half of the project's waste. That goal may change to 60-percent on the next project if it's successful. For experienced demolition contractors, diversion rates above 80-percent are not uncommon. These goals can either be handled completely by the contractor on a project, who assumes responsibility for all waste generated. Or, if subcontractors are used, each of them can be tasked with their own waste management responsibilities.
  • Predict waste generation
In order to accurately estimate the types of waste you'll encounter and the amount of each type, break your project down into phases. Consider the age and type of structure being demolished. These estimates can be revised as more information about the project is discovered. For example, after a site assessment is completed, you'll likely know much more about the types of waste present.
  • Handling procedures
The handling procedures used will be dictated by the types of waste present. You'll need proper containers and space available. If on-site recycling is to be used, that equipment will need to be planned for as well. If a third party will be used to haul materials, they should be part of this plan. Finally, if hazardous materials will be encountered, proper training and safety equipment should be included.
  • Destination for materials
The final step in your waste management plan development is to decide on where each type of material and waste will go. In order to meet your diversion goal, recycling and reuse should be your first options before considering landfills for disposal. The destinations you decide on will further dictate how materials are split up and stored and what additional resources or parties need to be included.When an effective waste management plan is put in place prior to a demolition project, labor, transportation and disposal costs are all cut down significantly. An increased amount of recycled and reused materials is also beneficial to the environment and other projects.To learn more about environmental stewardship in demolition and our capabilities, contact us at Demolition Technologies: 918-379-0966.