According to a recent study, construction and demolition waste accounts for 25 to 40 percent of the total waste in the U.S, out of which 90 percent of the waste is recyclable. From concrete to asphalt, the waste scattered around construction sites is a common sight across the country. Construction waste, apart from occupying space, can also lead to health concerns (especially toxic wastes). Recycling construction waste can be a solution to this problem. To help promote a green environment and save money, you can discuss the methods to recycle construction waste with your affordable housing general contractor. In this post, we discuss some recyclable construction materials.
Types of Recycling Construction Materials –
Steel is one of the major construction materials used in almost all projects, irrespective of the project budget and scale. In your construction debris, look for steel girders, trusses and pilings that can be recycled and used to create different structures. Recycled steel retains most of its strength and durability. According to an estimate, to build a 2,000 -square-foot house you would require amount of steel salvaged by junking six automobiles. Steel recycling has become popular in the U.S. and steel framing used across the nation consists of nearly 28 percent recycled steel, it’s time you jumped on the bandwagon.
Drywall is used extensively in construction projects to insulate the building from harsh weather. According to a study, drywall accounts for around 25 percent of the total construction waste generated in the U.S. Drywall is easy to recycle and can be used to fix openings in the walls or to create forms to support wet concrete. Drywall contains boron that has essential plant nutrients, making it fit to be used as manure.
3. Wood and Lumber
Wood and lumber are ubiquitous construction materials. Whether you are planning a construction or renovation project, you would need wood and lumber, much of which can be salvaged. According to a study, about 1 billion board-feet in lumber can be salvaged in the U.S. every year. Recycling wood can help free around 8,500 cubic feet of landfill space. You can recycle wood in a variety of ways such as re-milling old lumber to build new floors, windows, doors and paneling, constructing barns and fences and grinding waste wood to turn it into particle board.
According to an estimate, almost 11 million tons of roofing shingle waste is generated in the country every year. Roofing shingles are easily recyclable, thanks to their durability and long service life. If you are replacing your roof, instead of throwing away the shingles consider using them in pavement projects or making covers for potholes. You can also use shingles to make driveway mats and stair grips. There are other options too, discuss with your affordable housing general contractor how you can recycle old shingles into new ones or process them into fuel.
5. Concrete and Masonry
Concrete along with wood and steel, forms the backbone of any construction project. Before, concrete waste from construction sites was routinely trucked to landfill sites. Over the years, however, builders have realized the benefits of recycling concrete. If you have concrete waste lying at your construction site, contact a crushing center that will crush the debris, segregating the dirt particles. You can use this crushed concrete in pavement projects such as building roads and driveways. You can also use recycled concrete to make foundation on top or fashion materials for landscaping.
Time to Explore the Gold Mine
Valuable and recyclable materials are scattered around your construction site. All you need to do is avail affordable multifamily housing services by a reputable affordable housing general contractor who can help you get started. If you have a construction project in Arizona and are looking for way to minimize costs, United Renovations Speciality Group would be pleased to help. We are a group of professionals with an experience of offering nationwide affordable housing construction services. To discuss a project, fill out our contact form, or simply call 480.219.6743.