Construction Waste Management: What Happens to Your Waste?

Construction Waste Management: What Happens to Your Waste?

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A Clearabee collection provides the peace of mind that your waste will be collected promptly and that after it’s gone, we’ll handle it responsibly. But even before a rubbish clearance, there are a few ways in which you can reduce the rubbish you create.

How to Reduce Construction Waste

When working with builders and designers ensure that they are trustworthy and have experience. Poor workmanship can lead to over-ordering in the initial stages of a job and wasted materials at the end due to sloppy work.

For any waste you generate you’ll want to ensure you use a trusty worthy waste handler that has a waste handlers license like Clearabee. With a Clearabee clearance, you can rest assured that your waste will be handled responsibly. Using a dodgy waste handler could see your waste fly-tipped. Even if you didn’t fly-tip yourself, you can still be fined if a fly-tipping incident is traced back to yourself because you used an illegal waste handler.

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Reuse Items from Construction Waste

You may also be able to reuse items to help reduce your overall waste. An example could be a tiled floor where it’s starting to look like you need to order an extra pack of tiles. Could you have been more conservative and clever with the way you cut your tiles so that the offcuts could have been used? Or on the other hand, do you have too many tiles? Maybe you could replace the splashback behind your cooker which is looking a little worse for wear?

Construction Waste Recycling

If you can’t reduce or reuse your construction waste you can look towards recycling it by taking it to recycling centers or using a Clearabee rubbish removal option as we can recycle 95% of the waste we collect. Below are just a few quick examples of construction waste, how it is recycled and what it can be recycled into.

Bricks

Old bricks can be ground down to produce general fill materials. General fill is a lower quality material that can be used in foundations. Salvageable bricks can be used in gardening, BBQs, or other items that don’t demand the structural integrity of a brand-new brick. 

Gypsum and Plasterboard

Plasterboard can enter its own closed-loop recycling systems. Throughout the UK there are a couple of recycling centers specialised in recycling plasterboard. They can reclaim gypsum as a raw material so it can be used again in more plasterboard. 

Windows

Modern windows are typically made up of two main components, PVC and glass. Window glass is specially treated so cannot be recycled with glass bottles. Many recycling centers have their own section where they can accept PVC trims. PVC can be recycled at certain centers where it goes through a rigorous process that reclaims PVC for reuse.

This concludes our guide on the disposal of construction waste, you can read the previous section for suggestions of the best way to clear this type of waste. We also have a range of guides on how to get rid of bulky waste and your old sofa. For all your rubbish removal needs, whether that’s construction waste or just after a house de-clutter, use Clearabee.