Demolition likely isn't the first thing you think of when you think about green initiatives and positive environmental impact. However, demolition, when planned correctly and executed by professionals who prioritize environmental stewardship, can actually help to fight climate change, pollution, and unnecessary resource waste. Here are three ways that demolition positively impacts the environment.
Keeping debris out of landfills
The landfill has traditionally been the end point for all types of waste material and debris generated by construction and demolition. This includes brick, stone, plaster, wood, concrete, piping and electrical materials. Each of these can be salvaged from demolition sites, however, and recycled or reused in other projects. Particularly in the case of brick, stone and concrete, heavy loads of materials and frequent trips to and from the landfill can be eliminated through recycling efforts. This saves on time, manpower, and reduces emissions from dump trucks and other hauling efforts. Additionally, the more debris taken to a landfill, the more space the landfill has to take up. And, the waste stored at the landfill creates methane as a natural byproduct, which, if not captured and processed, is released into the atmosphere.
Even if you recycle materials, you still have to transport them from a demolition site, to a recycling facility, and then transport the recycled product to a construction site. Emissions from those trips can add up quickly. On-site recycling solutions cut down on the necessary hauling, however. Rather than having to load concrete from a demolition site into a truck and transport it off-site, the concrete can be crushed on-site, then transported directly to a construction site where it's put back to work. This eliminates a step and gets recycled concrete back into use quicker.
Hazardous waste prevention
Waste and debris production are an inevitable part of demolition. Through proper planning, education, and process being in place, waste can be handled appropriately to eliminate the risk to the environment and surrounding community. Dust and other small debris can be contained and kept away from drains to keep it from contaminating the water supply, or being inhaled by those working or living nearby. Any waste water produced on site should be properly disposed of, as well. Even noise pollution can be limited by properly caring for machinery and using modern techniques.Professional, experienced demolition contractors don't just demolish a structure. They take the time to properly plan the job and ensure it's done correctly with minimal environmental impact.To learn more about our focus on the environment and material recycling, contact us at Demolition Technologies.