How to Dispose of Construction Debris
Construction work can bring a lot of trash and debris after the job is done. However, getting the interior of your home and yard area clean again shouldn’t be a problem. By employing the proper disposal methods, you can ensure that your house remains clean and neat even after heavy construction.
Simply learning the basics can help you figure out an easy, systematic, and affordable way to dispose of construction debris and get your living surroundings to be clean again.
Types of Junk, Waste, and Debris
Before you decide how you are going to dispose of debris and trash, it is important to remember that you will have different types of waste produced. Thus, you should identify the different types of wastes to ensure effective and safe disposal. Amongst the common types of junk, waste, and debris typically produced from construction include;
- General waste and household items – such as furniture, toys, and packaging materials.
- Construction by-products – such as concrete, lumber, roofing and wall sheets, flooring material, and carpeting.
- Yard waste – such as grass clippings, bush trimmings, and tree limbs.
- Used appliances – such as stoves, microwaves, TVs, washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators.
- Household hazardous wastes – such as used batteries, bulbs, cleaner and chemical bottles.
Tips to Remove Construction Debris
As shared above, construction debris yields different types of trash. Therefore, to ensure proper disposal, you want to pick the right method for each trash.
Below, we’ve shared the key convenient and cost-effective tips on how to remove construction debris for different types of wastes.
Reuse, Recycle & Donate
Before we move on to the more complicated waste and debris, let’s begin with the easier ones to dispose of! These are things that are good enough to donate. If construction is done right without damaging leftover materials or items, you can always salvage them and donate them to people or even organizations such as the Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity.
Amongst the few items, you can donate include used countertops or even appliances such as washers or TVs that you don’t want to use or resell. Alternatively, if some of the items left over as debris or waste are in good condition, you can simply recycle or reuse them – to save costs you would otherwise incur to get new items.
Seek Guidance From Local Authorities
Beyond safe and regular debris, you should pay attention to how to dispose of debris or waste you are unsure of. A good example is debris such as non-functioning TVs, batteries, or even chemicals.
This is because simply tossing these items in regular dumpsters can easily cause leaks which result in their dangerous chemicals penetrating to infect groundwater.
Some areas even offer paid services to discard such wastes for their residents.
Do It Yourself
Apart from the hazardous trash, most of your construction debris can be recycled, donated, or thrown away in the dumpsters. So, if you can do it yourself or even get help from family and friends, you don’t have to spend money hiring help. In fact, if you don’t have enough dumpster space to get rid of the trash, you can use your truck or trailer (or rent one) so you can haul the trash to the local landfill by yourself.
You can use your ATV or lawn tractor with a dump cart to transport construction debris around the site.
Alternatively, for extra help, you can hire a dumpster to toss in all your debris and trash. The best part about rental dumpsters is that they come in different sizes – ranging from 2 to 40 cubic yards.
Hire A Cleaner Or Cleaning Service
If you just don’t have enough time, your next best option may simply be to hire a cleaner or cleaning company based on the capacity of what you want to dispose of. Hiring professional cleaners is not the cheapest option but, it may be the most convenient option for those who don’t have time. After all, you can shop around for a good company or agency (for individual cleaners) to ensure you find options within your budget.