Construction and Demolition Waste Services
Construction and demolition waste services provide safe and sustainable disposal including the reuse and recycling of materials that help reduce environmental impact and cut down costs. This can work on both a small scale for building contractors and for large corporations who are involved in major demolition or development projects.
Small Scale CDW Services
For builders and other construction businesses that operate on a small scale, with perhaps just a few employees, the usual way of handling waste is to hire a skip. These are run by specialist registered companies that have sorting and processing strategies in place on their own sites. Skips can vary in size depending on the job being undertaken and collected and transported when full for processing. Permits may be required from the council if the skip is going to be placed in the road and this may include putting up signs and lighting to warn passing motorists.
Larger Scale Construction and Demolition Waste Disposal
Specialist services can work with those in the construction and demolition industry to make sure that waste is disposed of properly. Their main aim is to have a high level of waste recovery and they can help a company collect and separate waste such as:
- Bricks, concrete and rubble
- Packaging and plastic
- Hazardous waste
Every business, including those in the construction and demolition industries, have a duty of care to dispose of waste responsibility. Any waste carrier should be registered with the environmental agency and have the equipment in place to handle this type of waste. Many companies nowadays offer tailored services and can audit a particular construction or demolition job to ensure that the amount of waste sent to landfill is kept to a minimum. With all businesses, waste transport notes need to be kept to provide a clear audit trail – failure to do so can mean a company being fined.
Special care needs to be taken when choosing a CDW service if you have hazardous waste such as asbestos as this can be highly dangerous to human health. Areas to pay special attention to include how well staff are trained and what protective clothing they are given. The onus on the contracting company also to make sure that their disposal service is correctly registered for that type of waste.
Large scale processing plants for construction and demolition waste can cover several acres and include huge pieces of machinery that deal with different materials from timber to rubble.