Safe Disposal of Construction Waste

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Safe Disposal of Construction Waste
Improper disposal of construction waste can cause injuries. (construction waste image by Greg Pickens from

Construction projects, such as building or renovating a house, naturally produce waste products. Proper disposal of this waste is necessary to prevent pollution and other environmental damage, particular to local water supplies.

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Things you need

  • Sacks
  • Marker pen

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    Assess all of the construction waste. Usually, the bulk will be spare metals, rubble, soil, and pieces of cartons. If there are more waste products, compile them in a single place.

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    Segregate the construction waste according to things that can be recycled, are biodegradable, non-biodegradable, can be donated, and are harmful toxic wastes. It will be best to mark them with a marker pen so that each piece will be identified easily.

    The recyclable materials include the spare metal and wood parts that can still be used for other things -- metals can often be sent to the local recycling centre, and wood can be reused for projects like building a doghouse or a storage area.

    The biodegradable materials are the cardboard cartons and other things that can be broken down by living organisms and are likely to be compostable -- use these materials to compost at home, or search for a facility that composts in your area.

    The non-biodegradable products are plastics and other things that will not be broken down, and toxic wastes are usually cans of paint that can cause toxicity when ingested. These should be disposed of with care; look up the policy for toxic wastes in your municipality.

    The donation sack will be materials that you won't need anymore, but are still in good condition.

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    Dismantle the things that are too big to fit into the sack. It will not only save space, but sometimes when you dismantle an item that is to be disposed of, such as a broken chair, you will find that the wood can still be used for another purpose.

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    Give the garbage collector the non-biodegradable and toxic waste sacks that you have collected, and if biodegradable materials are collected by the same operator, include those -- otherwise, bring them to the appropriate composting facility.

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    Give the donation sack to a charity where your things will be of use. You can also do a garage sale.

Tips and warnings

  • Keep your recyclable things in a dry and clean area so that they will not be damaged -- you want them to remain in good condition when you pick them up again for use in the future.

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