A construction project, whether it is a new build, a renovation or a demolition, can create an extraordinary amount of waste. You may wonder what to do with all that leftover debris. You will want to get some construction bins to get rid of debris. But first, there are some steps you can take to reduce your construction debris and reduce the number of construction bins you need over the course of your project.
The most important step in waste reduction is planning. If you design wisely and think about ways to reduce waste during your project, you will create less waste along the way. You can request that construction materials come in reusable packaging or ask about returning packaging to the company once the materials are unpacked. You can also try to reuse as much as possible and dismantle carefully instead of using a sledge hammer. This will increase the number of items you can donate or sell for reuse.
Here are some items that can be reused when handled with care:
- Bricks and stones
- Ceramic tiles
- Roofing tiles
- Solid wood flooring
- Trim and molding
- Doors and windows
- Cabinetry and shelving
- Hardware like door handles and drawer pulls
- Fireplace mantels and stair railings
- Toilets, tubs and sinks
- Showerheads and faucets
- Fans and light fixtures
- Shower doors
Keep in mind that hazardous waste may need to be discarded separately, so plan for that as well. You’ll be amazed at how much cleaner your worksite stays when you have a plan and construction bins on hand.