3 Areas That Help Keep Urban Demolition Green

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There are a number of potential safety and environmental hazards present with any demolition job. These issues are multiplied when the demolition site is located in an urban area where dense populations, surrounding buildings and nearby waterways and vegetation complicate matters. Green demolition practices are possible even under these difficult circumstances, however, when you work with an experienced contractor.
  • Water pollution
Urban demolition includes a high risk of polluting nearby storm drains, which can lead to significant pollution and damage to natural bodies of water and habitats. A number of pollutants, dust and sediment are present with any demolition job, so it's important to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of these contaminants. Sediment and erosion control procedures are necessary to do this. That starts with minimizing soil disruption. If an area doesn't have to be disturbed, it's best not to. This includes allowing plants and other vegetation to stay in place. They will help soak up water run-off and can make soil more stable. Designating specific areas as roadways and driveways on the demolition site also helps to avoid unnecessary soil disruption. Additionally, controlling the flow of water onto and away from the demolition site is important. When possible, divert water away from active areas of demolition so it never has an opportunity to pick up contaminants. To help control water flow, implement erosion control mats and vegetation buffers.
  • Vacant lots
At the end of a demolition job, you're often left with a vacant lot. In many urban areas, these lots are likely to remain vacant for a long time. As demolition contractors, we can help make these empty lots more community friendly, however. The first step is to re-plant the lots before leaving them. By adding grass, plants and trees to lots, storm water overflow in the area can be off-set. With more water held in the soil, the amount of pollutants that end up in nearby rivers and streams is also limited. Re-planting also provides the community the opportunity to keep up the lot and research has shown that areas where vacant lots are well-kept and green are safer than those where lots are filled with overgrowth and trash.
  • Recycling and re-use
Regardless of what type of demolition project is being conducted, there are always opportunities to salvage materials, recycle them or re-use them in other applications. This means those same materials don't end up taking up space in a landfill and means some natural resources can be conserved as materials are re-used. Steel, concrete, glass and a number of other materials is commonly salvaged and recycled.Each project is unique, but through some of the same processes, we can leave each site better than we found it and preserve the environment throughout our work.To learn more about our process at Demolition Technologies, contact us at 918-379-0966.