To keep a construction project on-time and in-budget, it’s important to have a plan for recycling construction waste from the job site.
You also need to know which type of debris you can recycle from the construction site. This knowledge will help keep the project moving in an efficient manner.
The Most Important Debris to Recycle from a Construction Site
There are many different types of debris generated at a construction site. We’ve narrowed down the list to the most critical types of construction debris you can recycle.
1. Recycle Concrete
In ideal circumstances, you can re-use existing concrete at the construction site. However, many construction projects call for the demolition of existing concrete before construction can begin.
If your team determines that you cannot re-use existing concrete at the site, consider recycling concrete as part of your process to clear existing debris from the location to begin construction.
In another ideal circumstance, you will not produce any concrete waste during the actual construction. We know how difficult that is, however. In the event of concrete becoming unusable on-site, consider recycling concrete waste.
2. Recycle Scrap Metal
Another common form of debris at a construction site is scrap metal. If you need to clear the site of piled-up scrap metal before construction can actually begin, consider recycling the metal in increments. Start with the largest piles or the areas that need to be addressed first so that construction can begin in that area. Then, work toward the smallest piles or the areas that will be worked on last.
During construction, you will likely create more piles of scrap metal. To keep the project moving to stay on-time and in your budget, again take steps to recycle scrap metal in increments so that construction can continue in an efficient manner.
3. Recycle Wood
Wood is a critical component for the frame, floor, and interior walls of a new building. The old adage to measure twice and cut once is helpful to reduce the amount of wasted wood during construction.
However, not all wood comes in the ideal quality, condition, and length to support the project, which could result in unusable wood. Instead of tossing out the wood or allowing the wood to pile up at the construction site, consider instead recycling wood so that it can be used in a different capacity.
Utilize Our Transfer Station to Recycle Construction Debris
When considering your options to recycle construction debris, keep in mind the transfer station at our facility in Houston, Texas. We are a TCEQ-approved Type V Transfer Station to sort and recycle construction materials that include concrete, scrap metal, wood, and cardboard (OCC).
All clean wood brought to our facility is transferred to a mulch facility for further recycling. Additionally, any leftover material that we cannot recycle is taken to a Type IV landfill.
Our efficient and repeatable process ensures that only 25 percent of material brought to our transfer station ends up in a landfill. This captures our commitment to sustainability and exceptional recycling of construction debris.
If your construction site is located in or near Houston, we encourage you to utilize our transfer station during these operating hours to keep your project moving:
- Weekday service: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday service: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (closed Sunday)
If you have questions about our transfer station, including costs and working with third-party haulers, please contact us via our website form, by email at [email protected], or by calling us at 713-999-6178.