A properly undertaken demolition work can significantly uplift the look of your space and also pave the way for all your future construction projects. Still, people tend to have second thoughts regarding engaging in demolition work. The reason is the humongous pile of demolition waste that one is left with by the end of the work. But nowadays as most trusted demolition companies offer demolition waste management services, it is not something that you should be unnecessarily bothered about. Even so, for you to be familiar with it, from the experts at our demolition company in Melbourne, we have brought for you a few effective ways of dealing with demolition waste.
What Does Demolition Waste Consist of?
Demolition waste consists of each material that was involved in the construction of your structures in the first place and therefore, is never a homogenous mixture. You may be demolishing your space for renovation, or wish to break down and build the structure anew, what you would end up with is a pile of waste that needs to be either recycled, reused or disposed of properly. Now the quantity of this waste is determined by the scale of the work under consideration and if the demolition work is complete or partial but the waste is often identical and comprises similar building materials
The most common type of waste that is generated in every demolition work includes:
Now for effective waste management, what you need to know is which of these materials can be reused and which of them cannot be. So, sit tight while we take you through it all.
Follow the Three R’s of Waste Management
We all have heard and studied about the three R’s of waste management in school and when it comes to the management of demolition waste, this rule works well.
The first R in the waste management practice stands for “reduce”, i.e, reduce the amount of waste generated. When it comes to demolition projects, reducing doesn’t seem like a plausible option, especially when you are considered a complete demolition. But if you are looking for a partial one or simply a strip outs service you can reduce the waste generated by a significant amount. So, be clear about what exactly your expectations from the project are and proceed in the right direction.
- If you are engaging in demotion work to renovate your property, rather than going for complete demolition you can opt for a partition one and keep the foundation intact.
- You can strip out the windows, doors and other installations that are in good condition, keep them for later use and reduce the waste.
- An important tactic to reduce waste generation is to plan. Create a proper blueprint, mark the areas that need to be demolished to proceed with the plan that you have in mind and leave the rest of the structure intact.
So, when it comes to reducing the waste generated, the key is to know what you expect from the demolition work and demolish only those sections of your structure that need to be demolished rather than demolishing it all and coming up with a plan afterwards.
When demolishing your existing structure, you can choose to preserve certain elements that can then be reused. This not just reduces the amount of waste generated but also helps you save a lot of money in the process. That’s like killing two birds with one stone. And even if you feel like you wouldn’t be using any of it even though it’s in good condition, you can simply choose to donate it all.
The materials that can be reused during a demolition project are:
- Installations like hardware, doors, appliances, windows, etc.
- Concrete can be broken down and used as base materials for your pavements and driveways.
- Any wooden waste can be used as firewood.
- Thermal insulation like polyester insulation, polystyrene sheets, etc.
- Bathroom and kitchen fittings like a tap, bathtub, sinks, etc.
- Electrical fittings like switches, bulbs, etc.
Next comes recycling. Anything that can be recycled from your demolition site, if you are throwing it away, you are generating unnecessary waste. So, rather than blindly dumping it all into landfills or dumpsters, consult an expert on what all could be recycled and then reused. For instance, concrete or asphalt can be recycled and used to build your driveways and other concrete products. Also, timber can be recycled and be developed into engineered wood and be used to build furniture. Recycling such materials will not just help you save money but also save the environment from the harmful effects of improper waste management.
Dmolition waste that can be recycled includes:
How to Improve Your Demolition Waste Management Process?
1. Have a Waste Disposal Plan Intact Before Initiating the Demolition Work
For smooth working, proper planning is the key which also applies to demolition waste management. What you can and should do is create a proper blueprint that clearly marks the areas that you wish to demolish and then proceed accordingly. There is no reason for you to opt for a complete demolition work if a partial one or a strip out service would suffice.
Also, you should be aware of what exactly the waste management process would be like including which material will be reused and which ones will be recycled. Here, what is also important is to be aware of who exactly would be responsible for waste management, the demolition company that you hired or you would be hiring a separate team.
2. Properly Segregate the Waste On-Site
Imagine taking all the waste to the landfill or throwing it all into the dumpster and then figuring which materials are to be reused and recycled. So rather than making things difficult, you can undertake the task of waste segregation at the site during the demolition work. Have separate storage areas for materials that are to be thrown away, recycled and reused. And make sure that you do the segregation simultaneously so that it doesn’t seem like a lot towards the end.
Here also, make sure that you store the reusable items in a secure place so as not to damage them in the process.
3. Know if Your Demolition Contractors Offer Waste Management Services
This is quite an important step if what you are aiming at is an effective way of disposing of your demolition waste. As we already mentioned, the best in the demolition industry does offer waste management service as they aim to provide holistic support to all their clients. But in case you choose to engage with a company that doesn’t offer such a service, you would need to hire a waste management company for that. So, the smart choice would be to go for those demolition companies that would not just demolish your structures well but also take care of the waste once the project ends.
So, follow these steps and you will succeed in the effective management of your demolition waste. We at Merhi Group are known to offer holistic demolition solutions to all our clients, so from acquiring demolition permits, undertaking the demolition work to waste disposal, we take care of it all for you. If a convenient and efficient demolition project is what you wish to avail of, get in touch with us today.