Did you know that Australians generate around 19 million tonnes of construction and demolition waste per year? You may be thinking about contributing to this number if you have a major renovation job ahead and may want to know how to handle some of this waste properly as a consequence. What are your options when it comes to different types of waste?
Not the Only Game in Town
In the days before society was so conscious about the environment, most waste would head straight to a landfill. While this is certainly not the best way to handle things in a now enlightened society, there's a good reason why different waste items need to be segregated.
You may be able to use some of the old material within your new project. Some of the masonries may be salvageable, for example. Other materials may need to be sent for recycling, like plastic, paper or cardboard, while some of it may need to be handled carefully due to its potential impact on health or the environment.
If you've generated a lot of loose or damaged brickwork, it may be a good idea to find a local removal service. This can make it a lot easier for you as they will bring their own transportation and load the materials into their truck. Otherwise, you may need to rent a skip bin, so long as you have the space or have the necessary permission from a local council.
Concrete may be more valuable in your general community, and some building material supply companies may take your leftovers. They may also do this free of charge if the concrete has an inherent value to them.
Be careful when you handle drywall, roofing shingles and other speciality components. You will certainly need to find out if any materials contain asbestos before you start working on the project, and if so, bring in experts to take care of this for you. Plasterboard may not be a good candidate for a landfill as, when it breaks down, it could release harmful gases. This material may need to be sent to a special disposal outlet instead.
Break down all your construction waste into categories and have a plan in place before you proceed. Ensure that you find a waste removal provider who is knowledgeable, reliable and scalable. They will need to know where to take each particular pile of renovation waste to keep your costs as low as possible and to comply with any relevant legislation.
Contact a waste disposal service near you to learn more.