Why a Construction Waste Management Plan is Equivalent to Saving the World

Bird's eye view of a construction site

The more people we shelter, the faster we kill the world.

It’s a sad reality, as home and building construction often leaves material waste that is damaging to the environment. Unless we demand that developers balance their house construction efforts with a comprehensive waste management plan, these new buildings will rise over waste someday.

The construction industry is enjoying growth because of the ever-increasing demand for homes and office spaces. As developers cater to the diverse housing and commercial building needs, their activities generate tremendous amounts of construction waste in the form of metal, paint, wood, and concrete. These types of waste are often bulky and heavy, and disposing of them means taking up space in landfills. The more the industry dumps, the quicker the landfills may run out of space.

Benefits of a Construction Waste Management Protocol

To manage the situation, developers or contractors need to come up with a concise waste management plan. Fortunately, not all construction waste is worthless; a significant amount of it has recycling value. Wood can be recycled for use in renovations or even new construction, while concrete is ground and metal reused for other projects. Planning how to manage their construction waste comes with these advantages for developers or contractors.

  1. Comply with Local Regulations: Local administration policies have set laws governing waste management. Non-compliance will incur fines and penalties. With a waste management plan, construction companies can avoid such charges.
  2. Minimise Costs: Recycling construction waste material allows contractors – and therefore, home or commercial building owners – to save money, which can be used to purchase new equipment or materials. It also minimises the dumping expenses you would have incurred.
  3. Make Construction Sites Safe: Vast mounds of waste left on site are hazardous. Clearing them makes the place safe for construction workers and any other individuals. Doing so also creates a favourable impression, and makes it easy for people to navigate the area.
  4. Encourage Sustainable Practices: Efficient waste management protects the environment. It allows for minimal wasteful consumption and encourages sustainable use of scarce resources.

Construction waste sorting, removal, recycling and reuse are all essential in the waste management process. If developers and construction companies are aware of what they can handle at the construction site, they will know what to do throughout the construction process. And by having a waste management protocol for industry players, the expanding construction sector need not be a threat to the environment.