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Proper waste management forms part of any project that we undertake.

We reuse any material that we’re able to without compromising on build quality.

Where a project includes any demolition we endeavour to reuse any material either on the same project or in others.

We aim to use pre-fabricated products wherever we’re able to as this can significantly reduce on site wastage and help protect the environment.

Proper Waste Management On Building Construction Sites

Any building construction leads to substantial quantities of material that is left over after the construction, and which needs to be disposed of through, recycling, reuse or disposal in dumps. This waste can be organic, like sawdust, leaves etc, while metallic waste, plastic, and other materials make for the inorganic waste.

You will find such waste material on all building sites and it can lead to unsightly dumps if not managed well. Proper construction waste management tackles this problem so that it is possible to sustain the environment and save resources and conserve energy. Recycling and reuse of materials is one way to not only control costs for waste disposal but also reduce costs of materials used to buy building material. Project managers or those in charge of the building project must plan their materials with an eye on waste reduction, by ordering materials of the required size, so that they can be used directly. The idea of waste reduction must be part of the design, construction, and finishing. All building materials that can be reused and recycled must be identified and their waste must be segregated. Every department involved in construction must generate its own waste management reports that must be monitored regularly and lacunae identified, and their causes identified.

Waste Management Through Recycling

Potential waste of materials must be identified in the design process and the use of materials must be continuously monitored and use must be made of limited material. Identify the materials that can be reused and ensure that they are stacked separately and sent to the right agencies that can continue with their use. Recyclable materials must be salvaged and sent to sections that can make use of them. When you are looking at waste management in construction, one also needs to look at the waste produced by the workers and their sanitation needs. Proper provision of latrines or lavatory blocks is a must and must have adequate waste disposal methods, like septic tanks and the like. If the project envisages a septic tank as part of its permanent infrastructure, it can often be a good idea to build it first, and use it for the worker’s sanitation. This may require permission from the owners of the project.

Excavated Waste Disposal

When a building construction is undertaken, it starts with foundation work, which can result in excess excavated material that may require disposing of as part of waste management. Dumping sites must be decided in advance, and the costs of transport must be factored in. Often, this excavated material might be usable, like red soil, and can be even sold to reduce costs. Rock or boulders excavated can often find their way back into the materials required for the project for sub-bases, and roads. Foundation work often requires de-watering when excavations go to deep levels, and disposing of the excess water has to be part of any scheme for waste disposal.

Most building construction projects will require the use of timber form-work, scaffolding and other things that have a particular life. While care must be taken in their usage to improve the usage, finally these timber products can be reused as firewood. In some cases, timber form-work may have some further usage, and these can then be sent to other construction works for reuse.

At the finishing stage, there will be a lot of waste that comes from crates and wrappings. Some of this may be reusable and can be disposed of to agencies who can recycle them. Steel scrap is often a large part of waste generated in reinforced concrete structures. This can often be profitably disposed of when it is sold to steel mills that use steel scrap as part of their production process. The constant use of machinery and transport equipment can produce its own share of waste on building construction sites. This can be tires, waste oil and even vehicle parts. These items are all waste that can be monetized after locating the proper local sources.

Waste can also be generated from demolition on sites where existing buildings are being replaced, and finding the proper demolition contractors can ensure that this process is carried out properly and all waste that accrues is disposed of. The final handing over of any project after the building is completed also generates a fair amount of waste that will need to be taken care of.