How to Dispose of Construction Waste

construction wasteDuring a construction project, there is inevitably a large amount of waste. Once the project is finished and the site is cleaned up, what do you do with all of the debris? Typically, construction waste consists of bulky items that are heavy to life and also can cause environmental harm.

Rent a Dumpster

The simplest way to dispose of construction waste is to rent a dumpster from a company like Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, who will empty the dumpster for you. You can keep the rental dumpster in the driveway for the duration of the construction project and fill it as you go. However, there are some hazardous materials that should not go into a dumpster:

  • Asbestos
  • Aerosol cans
  • Appliances
  • Batteries
  • Chemical products
  • Fluorescent tubes
  • Oils
  • Paint

These materials often require special disposal. You can contact your local waste management authority for specific guidelines.

Don’t Forget About Recyclables

Surprisingly, much construction waste can easily¬†be recycled so you won’t have to worry about your debris rotting in a landfill for years to come. The process varies by location, but most landfills will sort through the dumpster upon arrival, salvaging what materials they can to recycle. Some of these materials include:

  • Inerts
  • Clean Wood
  • Crushed Concrete
  • Dirt/Rock/Sand
  • Cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastics

If you’re concerned about the recycling process, call your dumpster rental company to ask about where these items will be disposed. If you’re not renting a dumpster, you can use Earth 911 to search for local recycling resources.

At Roll-Off Dumpster Direct, we offer several resources to help our clients understand the waste removal process. Be sure to check out our other blog posts including Construction Waste Statistics, Landfill Facts, What Americans Recycle Most, and Where Does the Trash go in Philly.