What is construction waste?
Construction, demolition, and excavation sites all generate various types of waste. Inert waste make up the bulk of construction, demolition, and excavation waste but other types of materials are also found. Common types of construction waste include:
* Concrete, bricks, tiles, cement, and ceramics.
* Wood, glass, and plastic.
* Insulation and asbestos materials.
* Metallic waste (such as pipes).
* Soil and stones.
* Paints and varnishes.
* Adhesives and sealants.
It’s important to be aware of what types your business produces, because many of these can be salvaged, reused, or recycled. It also enables you to segregate it all correctly, so your waste collectors can remove it from your site properly and safely, especially as some materials, such as asbestos, solvents and oil based paints are considered hazardous and needs specialist disposal.
Disposing of your business’s construction waste
Prior to commencing a job, identify opportunities to reduced or reused materials without effecting the quality or safety of your work. Following the completion of a job, you’ve probably already chosen the best means to dispose of construction waste, whether it’s hiring a skip or a van collection service for small renovation projects.
Remember: You should ensure that you hire the necessary number of skips to separate recycling and waste, as well as hazardous and non-hazardous waste. See the Biffa blog for 6 Important Things To Consider Before Hiring a Skip.
When hiring a skip with Biffa, you can be sure that we operate with the correct license to carry waste. We also have a nationwide network of construction and demolition sorting and recycling and facilities to ensure as much material as possible avoids landfill, saving landfill taxes for our customers. Once construction materials reaches one of our construction and demolition facilities it is separated into single streams. Wherever possible materials are cleaned and sold on as commodities or sent for recycling at a specialist facility. Here are just some of the uses that common construction materials can be recycled for:
|| Can be recycled for
|| Roads, pavements and aggregate for new concrete
|| Aggregate for gravel, broken down to make smaller bricks, sand
|| A variety of new metal items (metal is 100% recyclable)
|| Sand, gravel, new building materials (glass is 100% recyclable)
|| Landscaping mulch, bedding, fuel, composite board products and pallets