Tips For Minimizing Construction Waste
If you're planning to build an addition on your home this spring, you need to plan for the waste disposal. You can rent a large roll-away dumpster to collect it all, but there are several things that you'll have to consider along the way. For example, part of the rate you'll pay will be based on the weight and volume of what you dispose of. If you've never rented a dumpster like this before, here are a few things that you can do to help make things easier and save yourself money.
Minimize Your Waste
As you start the demolition phase, consider what materials you might be able to reuse in the new construction. Anything that can be removed in good condition and used as part of the new project will not only save on your disposal costs but also on the costs of new construction material. Talk with your general contractor about where you can save these materials.
Order Only What You Need
Another great way to minimize the waste generated as part of your construction project is to ensure that you only pay for the supplies that you need. Once you've sorted out the usable materials from the demolition phase, you can form a clearer picture of what you need to complete the project. Your contractor will help you evaluate the supply list and adjust it accordingly to ensure that you don't end up with more materials than you need. This reduces the waste generated from excess materials.
Sort The Waste Material
While it might seem that the easiest thing to do is to throw all of the waste material into the dumpster, you might actually be surprised to find out that doing this could cost you needlessly. In fact, if you throw away recyclable materials, you're paying to dispose of those items by weight when you could have sorted them out to be reused by a local contractor or recycling center. Things like drywall will need to be disposed of, but concrete, roofing shingles, wood, metal, and similar materials can all be recycled. Your general contractor will help you find places to recycle them.
Load The Dumpster Carefully
Make sure you know the maximum load limit for the dumpster when you rent it. This is an important figure because if you overload the dumpster, you'll pay overage charges. In addition, make sure that you distribute waste evenly so that the weight is as balanced as possible. This will make it easier for the waste disposal company to load and transport the dumpster when you're ready for it to be removed from your property. Many rented dumpsters are actually marked with a fill line inside so that you know how far you can load it. If yours has a fill mark, make sure the load doesn't exceed it, as the company will need to put a cover over the dumpster for transport and that extra space is usually necessary for securing that cover.
Also, talk with the disposal company about any limitations for waste. Some companies are only licensed to handle certain types of construction waste, and adding things they cannot easily dispose of may result in additional charges. The more proactive you are about clarifying the terms, the less risk you'll have of incurring more cost than you've budgeted.
With these tips, you can tackle your home expansion project with the confidence that you will be able to stay within your budget. Talk with your general contractor and a local waste disposal company today to find out what your options are and to secure a dumpster for your construction waste.