Recycling and Salvaging Strategies For Demolition Projects

Recycling bin on work site

The construction and demolition industry is responsible for approximately 40-percent of the solid waste produced in the United States. That's not a particularly surprising figure, but it clearly illustrates the importance of waste reduction and recycling. When effective recycling processes are part of a demolition plan, experienced contractors are able to salvage as much as 95-percent of building materials. This includes commodities like scrap metal, concrete and wood that can create alternative revenue streams. Here are a few of the ways we recycle and salvage materials at Demolition Technologies:
  • Reusable fixtures
Items like plumbing fixtures, windows, floor tiles, shingles and many other materials can be reused in other buildings with little to no additional processing. In order to make that possible, however, they must be removed from the demolition site responsibly in order to keep them intact. These means some additional precautions must be taken, and some specific planning must be in place to ensure these reusable materials are removed from the site before large scale demolition work begins.
  • Sort materials
At home, you may need to sort your recyclable materials into separate bins for paper, glass and aluminum. It's similar on a demolition site. Different materials will go to different places, or be reused differently, so dumping them all in one pile will then require additional work after the project to sort them. Instead, we sort the materials as they're removed from a structure to ensure concrete is separate from rebar and other materials. Often, the concrete will be crushed on-site and reused. Other materials might be transported to a recycling facility, while others will find their way to other job sites.
  • Employee education
Most recycling and waste reduction efforts should start at the top of an organization, but the personnel carrying out these efforts on site need to be properly educated as well. Through education, recycling and salvage efforts can be as efficient as possible and material recovery rates can be maximized. This also opens up communication so that recycling plans can be adjusted as workers notice new obstacles or opportunities at the demolition site.
  • Proper planning
Taking the proper steps to plan a demolition project must be included in each of the previous methods. Without planning the prioritizes which tasks can be performed at any given time, reusable fixtures may be damaged before they are salvaged, recyclable materials may not be properly sorted and employees may not receive the necessary education to be effective and efficient. The planning stages also allows us to create realistic recovery goals to help measure our success.To learn more about our dedication to green initiatives on our demolition projects, contact us at 918-379-0966.