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November 17, 2015

Ideal Ways To Recycle Clear Construction Site Debris

Construction site work up is an essential part of the construction firm’s responsibilities. It is their duty to ensure that the debris is cleared and disposed off on a timely basis in a safe distance from the site location. Most construction managers, find themselves in a fix when it comes to finding a way to deal with the debris. The sheer volume of the debris makes the task difficult and almost insurmountable. But with proper planning and hindsight, it is possible to recycle the debris and use it in a better fashion that will prevent misuse or damage to the environment.

Segregate toxic and non-toxic waste. The first step that a structural engineer or the construction manager must undertake is to segregate the toxic and non-toxic waste. Toxic waste will be anything that contains toxic chemicals like mercury, acids, etc. present in them. A recently built building will generally have plenty of debris in the form of roofing tars, treated woods, asbestos, solvents, glue, etc. all of which should be treated and disposed with great caution.

The best way to deal with construction site is to send it to landfills. The debris consisting of remains from beams, roofs and flooring can be consigned to other construction sites where ground level is irregular. The debris if deposited in proper intervals will give the land a uniform level making it more apt for further construction activity. A structural engineer in Brisbane can also use the debris to be used as a base for driveways, garden fills or even for patching up existing layers of internal roads.

The need for clearing debris is more important in the case of demolishing an existing building. Old carpentry work, doors, windows, PVC pipes, vinyl sliding, masonry, etc. need to be broken down to an extent that they can usefully refurnished in new buildings. More often, the doors and windows are fit for use for another decade and may have been of unique style and characteristic that will even fetch a higher resale value. There is even an exclusive market for wooden debris collected from old demolished buildings.

Clearing construction debris is not any task for a building company. Irrespective of the size and form of the building, the debris needs to be disposed in a manner that does not warrant any safety issues to its immediate environment. The site manager should weigh all possible options available to dispose off the debris at the same time when the construction activity begins. That way, there is no need to hurry in the last moment, when the debris becomes too cluttered and difficult to sort. Timely disposal will give adequate time and will also ensure that the site is free of any materials that could cause pollution or even potential physical hazards.