You may not be aware that almost 50% of the solid waste generated by humans is from building construction materials. Tons of waste is generated from the extraction, processing, transportation, usage, and disposal of building materials. And as of now, most of this waste goes to landfills, which heavily degrades the environment.
In Australia alone, there was more than 19 million tons of construction material waste between 2008 and 2009. Half of this waste was recycled and the other half was dumped as landfill.
It is unfortunate that only a few countries have achieved excellent, efficient, and effective recycling systems. Some of these countries that stand out include Germany, Singapore, and South Korea. There are many other European countries that are also doing extremely well when it comes to waste reduction.
Combatting construction waste removal by effective planning –
The problem that waste disposal poses can easily be mitigated by planning. The four goals that waste management planning should achieve are:
1. Reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.
2. Increase the amount of waste that can be recycled.
3. Reduce the overall amount of waste that is generated.
4. Minimize the amount of money that needs to be used to accomplish the previous three
There are eight things that you should consider when drafting your waste management plan.
1. Estimate the amount of waste you will generate.
2. Research and develop methods that can reduce waste generation.
3. Finding qualified contractors or skip bin operators to handle correct disposal of waste material.
4. Planning the location of skip bins and mini bins on site.
5. Delegate waste management responsibilities to suitably trained persons on site.
6. Ensure your personnel are fully trained regarding correct handling and disposal of recycling and hazardous waste products.
7. Perform a test run of your plan.
8. Evaluate your plans effectiveness and apply changes if needed.
Note about Skip Bins –
Skip bins or dumpsters, depending on your location are the most common way to remove commercial waste. They are commonly installed in renovation and construction sites. There are generally three common skip bin sizes: mini skips, middle-sized skips, and industrial grade (jumbo) skips. The size of the bin required is relative to the size of your project and the amount of waste you will have. Skip bin operators normally have a great understanding of commercial bins, and understand the importance of removing the bin quickly, to ensure a clean and safe worksite.