Construction projects can result in a significant amount of waste materials. Building projects often generate waste due to over-ordered supplies, substandard building materials, and poor storage methods. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to minimize the amount of waste your project produces! Here are five tips to help you keep your project on track:
Don’t Over Order
First, make sure you don’t over order! Create a detailed planning document so you know exactly how much of each material type will be needed before ordering any supply items. If you order too much of a given material, it may be difficult or expensive to return or repurpose the unused materials. In addition, ordering more than what is needed can result in excess waste due to damaged and unusable materials.
Evaluate Supply Options for Quality
Don’t skimp on quality when choosing your building materials. It is important to get the highest quality materials you can afford, because lower-quality supplies may require more repairs and replacements than if you had chosen higher-grade products.
Make Arrangements for Safe Storage
It’s critical to store construction materials in a safe place where they won’t be damaged. Store all raw materials in a designated area so they won’t get damaged before use. Make sure that the storage area is dry and free from insects or rodents, as these can destroy building products quickly. Also consider purchasing moisture barriers for your stored items.
Make Accommodations with Suppliers
If you are ordering from a supplier, make sure that your order is correct and complete before submitting it. If you have any questions about the delivery or availability of certain supplies, contact your suppliers as soon as possible to ensure that there is no delay in processing your order!
Depending on your supplier, they may be able to work with you to make accommodations should you need more (or fewer) materials; be sure to communicate and fully understand your contract and needs before ordering.
Recycle Whenever Possible
Finally, when construction projects generate waste materials such as metal, wood, or plastic that can be recycled, it’s important to do so. Recycle all non-hazardous wastes whenever possible (e.g., wood scraps). You can work with a reliable construction waste management company to help you sort and transport recyclable waste. Recycling not only keeps waste materials out of the landfill, but also reduces pollution and conserves natural resources!
Use environmentally friendly building methods to reduce the amount of waste produced.
Minimize waste in your next construction project by storing all raw materials properly, planning out the exact amount of each material type to purchase and recycle non-hazardous wastes whenever possible. Avoid damaging supplies and using substandard building materials when you create a detailed plan for how much of every kind of supply will be needed before ordering any items. Finally, use eco-friendly construction methods to reduce the amount of waste your project produces.