Building and construction work creates a large quantity of waste on a daily basis. It is a messy job that requires a lot of regular clean up to ensure the safety of both the public and those working on the site. As a result, it is important to manage the waste created, but also to ensure that it is disposed of in the correct and legal manner, or sent to the recycling centre. This guide aims to take you through some of the things you can do to manage your waste as well as methods of disposal and recycling.
Waste Management for Builders
When it comes to managing building waste, it is categorised from low risk waste through to hazardous waste. The low risk waste is debris and other items that can be disposed of in your general waste without issue. However, the hazardous waste needs to be disposed of in a specific manner.
Using a commercial waste collection service like the one we offer means that your waste can be collected and disposed of without you having to go along yourself. It takes away some of the pressure, saving you time and money. Available when you need it, your waste will be disposed of in a safe and legal manner.
It is important to know what constitutes as hazardous waste, and while a complete list can be found on the website of your local council, here are some of the main examples:
- chemicals, e.g. brake fluid or print toner
- solvents and paint cans
- oils (except edible ones), e.g. car oil
- equipment containing ozone depleting substances, e.g. fridges
- hazardous waste containers
Many of these are items that are found on building sites and it is important that these are separated from the general waste. When collected, they must go specialist processes before attempts to recycle them.
The main goal is to reuse as much of the hazardous waste as possible to prevent more of it being produced. As a result, it is very rare that they will ever end up at an incinerator or in landfill.
Recycling and Disposal
Much of the building waste will be taken to a recycling centre in an effort to try to produce as little non-recyclable waste as possible. Of course, there are some items that cannot be recycled, and these will end up in landfills or an incinerator.
While it is not ideal, there is some solace in the fact that the incinerator is often used to produce energy when it disposes of waste. Try to separate waste as much as possible before collection to make the process easier for the collection service.
The key to good waste management is ensuring that the area is kept as tidy as possible at all times, and that the waste is collected as often as possible to avoid spillages and extra mess to clean up. This keep you safe, and the public who may be passing by the area. With our waste collection services you won’t need to worry about debris being left for collection, we come when you need it and as quickly as possible. Check out our website and get a quote for the best deals we can offer.