Building Waste

What is Building Waste?

Large scale properties such as construction sites, buildings, schools, stores, hotels, restaurants and other commercial and institutional areas generate an enormous amount of scrap materials and building waste.

Although most of this waste is generated by the construction, renovation and demolition industry, mostly from the process of clearing land, we also get a number of constituent matters on site like vegetation, soil, rocks and debris.

Two Major Types of Building Waste:

Construction Waste

Waste from construction activities, which includes scrap, damaged materials, temporary and expendable construction materials, and building kits that are later dissasembled and not included in the finished project. Also you have to consider all the packaging materials that came with the raw materials, as well as the waste generated by the construction labor force such food packaging, plastics and paper.

Demolition Debris

Waste from the dismantling and deconstruction of large and small portions of a building, and clearing of land. Including wide variety of scrap metal and welded metal structures in heaps from demolitions sites.

When Builders Get Busy

When construction starts at an area, expect a large amount of building waste that may result in rubbles of timber, concrete, plasterboard, bricks, cement blocks and asbestos. These types waste should go under a waste management plan and certain city ordinances are in place when it comes to their rubbish removal and clearance. As a construction project can go on from months on end, sizeable pile of scraps and building waste should be dealt with fast especially through consistent clean-ups and added frequency of rubbish removal.

In general, professional building codes require a solid waste management plan to avoid public health hazards and to keep up with the safety standards of construction. Moreover, the good news here if you are proactive about having green solutions on your construction site, it is possible to recycle up to 80% of demolition and construction materials, and that’s a good viable number. You can also opt to sell assets recovered during demolition, such as metals and other salvaged materials or even reuse the materials collected unto other projects.

Waste Prevention for Building Waste

As much as there is waste prevention and eco-friendly solutions like salvaging and recycling, the most effective way to reduce building waste is to generate less in the first place. Is that even possible?

Yes, waste can be reduce as early in the design phase, by considering the amount of materials used its important to talk about waste handling and rubbish removal early on in the project and even before construction starts. They can plan on the practical things like the sourcing of the materials involved, and the types of cutting to be used on these materials, so that excess scraps and cut-outs can be avoided.

If your builder doesn’t have a waste plan, talk to them about having one or take the early initiative to source outside help from a rubbish removal team, so they can anticipate the onslaught of debris and scraps. As a result, this will save you money thus have minimal impact on the surrounding area of your construction site and prevent your project from having any penalties incurred by the council. Never consider rubbish removal as an afterthought to something as major as a construction project.

Get the Help You Need

Have a rubbish removal service team to come over and assess the volume and variety of your building waste. Let them come up with a plan to see what you can reduce during your operations, like what’s currently going to waste that you could easily recycle instead? Or what is found from a demolition that can be salvaged or sold?
By tracking the amount of construction wastes hauled from your site, this will give you a clear understanding of how your waste management plan is doing – is it effective at all?

Once you know what materials to sort from the debris and what refuse you want collected separately, it’s time to think about the type of skip bins that should be on the construction site. The types of skip bins used should be large, sturdy, can resist abrasion and support heavy construction loads.

Having a rubbish removal service and an adequate number of skip bins in your project site offers efficient waste handling, cost savings on the construction and a much friendlier approach on the environment.

Getting the Most out of your Skip Bins

In order to recycle property and for everyone in the construction site to comply with your rubbish removal plans, you have to make sure your skip bins are visible, bundled together and at the right place. It’s all about location and accessibility because it’s harder for people to recycle properly if they don’t know the system you have in place. Overall, think about the workplace traffic where people stand often or move around.

Have your skip bins marked and clear signs on your skip bins or posting photos of what goes into which skip will help people on how to sort the debris. You can highlight which bin contains rubbish for recycling, hazard sorting, composting, and landfill haul. Best yet, you can also color code your skips. You can also emphasize certain height or weight restrictions for the recycled materials to be put in the bin. Like whether the debris should not exceed 3 ft or pass a certain weight, or if it should be broken down further into smaller portions. Make a note if unrelated materials are allowed together in a single skip, though this seems convenient, it isn’t entirely a sound idea and may present challenges during rubbish removal.

Small Scale Renovations

Even small house projects, need proper rubbish removal. Building waste can be painstaking and tedious work especially for inexperience ones handling construction waste for the first time. Because not every household goes through regular renovations and when you do undertake property construction work, you’d be surprise at the amount waste that piles up each day on your yard. And you can’t expect your contractor to deal with it particularly if its not part of the construction contract. But as a home owner, you gotta get things moving, knowing each construction day costs money, so better call in the experts on rubbish removal. Plus the construction workers and hired hands need adequate space to work around much faster. Having building waste obstructing pathways and causing work hazards is not something you want to have on your hands.

Large Scale Construction Sites

Using skip bins in construction sites involves dividing the number of skip bins into smaller areas then putting large open top bins in outside areas of the building for accessibility, and moving them frequently across the property to consistently collect waste as the workers go about their business. The property benefits from this mobile use of skip bins. As a result, it can help reduce on-site clutter and maintain work area safety until the schedule for rubbish removal happens.

What kinds of Building Waste can be collected:

  • Aluminium
  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Steel
  • Timber/Wood
  • Carpet
  • Wood
  • Insulation
  • Electrical Waste
  • Gypsum plasterboard
  • Nails
  • Rocks
  • Rubble
  • Sand
  • Bricks, tiles, pavers, clay
  • Plastics
  • Paper
Build Better, Go Sustainable

If your construction project doesn’t have a green plan or zero waste program yet then consider assigning staff to implement your building waste reduction plan. If there’s no team to leverage, do know help can come from outside sources because there are rubbish removal experts that can work with your construction project’s short and long-term building waste management goals.

At 1300 Skip Bins, we believe in smarter ways of sorting and reducing rubbish. Our focus is on our clients, whether you are contractor or business owner with high-volume construction waste problems, or a property owner due for a rubbish removal prior to a real estate sale or inspection. In addition, we can definitely get things started and have an on-call fully trained and carrier licensed team, who can offer high-quality skip hire. Including providing single skips, mini skips, open-top skips, lockable-lid skips or multiple skips whichever suits your needs. Overall, we can do a wait & load service for you, or simply replace your skip bins on a rubbish removal schedule. We clean up after and do trust us to clean up well.

Consult with us for an estimate. Call us or send us a message, so you can talk about your rubbish removal needs.

Our skip bins also have lockable lids so others cannot put items in your skip bin while you are not around. They dumped hard to dispose of items like tyres and mattresses by people too lazy to organise disposal of these items. These items incur additional fees, leaving your liable for these additional costs if left if your bin.

Tip: To save money on skip bin hire pile all your waste in one spot before hiring a skip bin. The pile will grow over time. Load your skip bin when you are ready than having it for a long time.

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