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Waste isn’t the most glamorous of topics, but it affects everyone.  We all produce waste every day, so it’s important to be fully informed about how we can safely and effectively manage it. Read on to find out how construction dumpsters can help you in your next demolition project.

Construction waste differs considerably from home and business waste in both composition and the quantities produced. Construction activities, whether home remodeling, demolition or building, can generate considerable waste.  Olcese Environmental Services offers a wide range of construction dumpsters with a good range of dumpster sizes and options to help make your construction project as clean, green and manageable as possible.

Read on for more information about construction waste, and how we can help you deal with it.

What on Earth is Construction Waste?

Our learned friends at Wikipedia define construction waste as “unwanted material produced directly or incidentally by the construction or industries.  This includes building materials such as insulation, nails, electrical wiring and rebar, as well as waste originating from site preparation such as dredging materials, tree stumps, and rubble..

Now there’s no need to scratch your head and look baffled the next time someone asks you what construction waste is.  You’re welcome!

Construction Waste is a Big Issue

According to this website, 8,000 lbs of waste are typically thrown into landfill during the construction of a 2,000 square foot home.  And according to this page, new construction projects average 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot of building area.  The figures for demolition projects are even higher- they average 155 pounds of waste per square foot.

That’s pretty scary stuff when you think about it!  However, don’t panic, because…

Construction Waste Can be Reused!

It sounds like pretty hefty stuff, right?  But despite its rugged exterior, much construction waste can actually be reused.  Rather than just throwing it into a landfill, it’s a great idea to reuse items that are salvageable.  Rubble can be crushed and reused in construction projects.  Waste wood can also be recovered and recycled.

According to this website, there are more than 200 used building material stores across the country that would really appreciate a donation of recovered items.  There are also many not-for-profit organizations in the local area that would appreciate your lightly used items left over from construction projects.

Construction waste items suitable for reuse or donation include plumbing fixtures, ceiling and floor tiles, doors, cabinets, decorative items, light fixtures, carpeting, stonework, and bricks.  Reusing construction waste makes sense not only for your wallet but for the planet too.

Olcese Environmental Services offer a great range of construction dumpsters for all your waste needs, from home remodeling projects to large-scale commercial construction.  We can help make your construction or demolition project run smoothly and greenly!  Find more information about our services here.