Removing Construction Debris from Construction Sites
If you are a construction professional, say a building contractor, you better be able to dispose of your construction waste during and after your construction project. Construction trash removal can be done by you or the project manager, but there are specialized companies that also deal in the collection, recycling, and disposal of construction waste.
You can manage the construction debris yourself. However, it may be better if you outsource this monumental disposal task. All kinds of construction jobs create debris, which warrant safe removal and disposal.
Trash from materials cutoff, material packaging, demolition debris, or scrap are the usual by-products of a construction project. However, cleaning them all up, hauling them, and disposing of them may not exactly a construction site project manager’s job. In most construction or remodeling construction projects, a contractor is expected handle their own construction trash removal.
Outsourcing Debris Removal
While many contractors would consider site cleanup or debris hauling as part of their job, it does not have to be. When you are mindful of every hour your crew spends on cleaning the site, picking up debris, and disposing and hauling the material, you realize that they are not working to generate revenue. Thus, labor costs start piling up.
Factor in the potential expenses of hazardous materials removal and also the needed training for your workers, the boon of outsourcing such tasks seems more attractive. The best thing that property owners and building contractors can do is to outsource construction debris removal tasks to a professional company. Here are some on-site tips to consider when facilitating site cleanup.
Complimentary on-site debris removal estimates.
A competent cleanup company should come to your construction site and confer with you in determining the scope and probable debris volume that may be produced. The estimate must include all removal work phases including recurring removal and pick-ups.
Recurring and one-time debris removal and pick-up.
Large-scale construction projects can bring about debris in amounts and at a pace that cannot be left to the job’s completion. This can entail several scheduled removal and pick-ups throughout the project’s duration. Moreover, depending on the project’s location and the work’s nature, periodic cleanup may be required for public safety and aesthetic reasons.
Company’s speed of being on-site and how fast can cleanup be completed.
As construction projects are usually time-sensitive and often have limited time to allow for removal of debris, an outsourced cleanup company should be able to work quickly, respond quickly, and complete the job within the required time. Efficiency and flexibility are a professional removal firm’s hallmarks.
Offering of debris hauling and site cleanup.
Picking up construction trash and debris to be hauled to another site is different from cleaning up a construction site. While a debris-hauling firm is not expected to provide extensive site restoration, vacuum, or dust, a professional firm ensures that the construction site is in a clean and safe state.
Properly disposing of construction trash.
The local state and federal agencies have particular requirements for the right disposal and handling of various substances and materials. It is vital that whoever disposes of and removes construction debris must be knowledgeable of such process. Professional cleanup firms will use the right disposal methods and sites, while recycling any materials that can be recycled.
Things to Know
While it is best for a professional cleanup company to do your site clearing job, it is a good idea to know some construction site tips when it comes to debris cleanup. Debris can be hazardous and it often has rough or sharp edges. It can cause falls and it may have hazardous content like fiberglass, lead, asbestos, or it may have been tainted with germs or chemicals.
When clearing debris, you should know the kind of waste you are dealing with and what disposal measures should be implemented. As you are dealing with construction waste (structural material from buildings and houses like shingles, boards, concrete, pipes, siding, and windows, among others), you can take them to the nearest permitted municipal solid waste landfill or C&D (construction & demolition) landfill.