Author: Kevin Hill, content editor and online marketing manager at Quality Scales Unlimited.
Waste management is a key area of concern within the construction and engineering sector today, with landfills already overflowing everywhere. It’s time to take salvage/reclamation opportunities, recycling or reusing materials, source reduction and waste disposal more seriously.
Like other solid waste, C&D waste management systems can be broken down into these 6 functional elements:
Here are three ways to improve construction waste disposal and waste management:
If buildings are designed to be more adaptable, or disassembled and reused when required, there will be a lower demand for demolition and removal. This can have a tremendous impact on the amount of waste generated during each building’s lifetime. Key strategies include:
Building demolition results in heavy pollution and waste generation, so deconstruction needs to be the focus instead.
Deconstruction allows for extensive recovery of usable material at every level, right from systems and assemblies to entire structures and foundations. In addition to preserving resources and minimizing landfill waste, it also boosts the economy by creating new employment opportunities.
Here are some aspects to consider while designing/removing buildings:
While the use of harmful materials is regulated by government or industry authorities, it’s also important for construction and engineering businesses to consider the environmental impact of materials they use. Here’s how to reduce it:
Sustainable construction and design is all about reducing waste and increasing reuse or recycling potential during each project. Builders, contractors and others involved in construction/design need to make an active effort to reduce C&D waste going into landfills, and a little planning is all it takes.
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