How to Deal with Construction Debris

construction debrisChances are, if you’re in the contracting and construction business, you’re tired of having to deal with construction debris. After all, the average accumulation is a shocking 3.9 pounds of waste per square foot of building area. So, for the typical 2,000 square foot residential home, that comes to 7,800 pounds. That certainly doesn’t come cheap when it’s time to pickup and dispose of all that waste. It’s not only very time consuming, but it’s also quite expensive.

How to Deal with Construction Debris in Tampa

The good news is, that you can repurpose or just use materials on another job. From sheetrock to doors and windows, all of these can help to fill the gaps on one or more projects. Although, you can’t simply use everything, there’s always a lot of construction waste left over after every job. That means you’ll have to spend your precious time cleaning up and hauling debris when you could be out giving estimates or starting on another job.
Building materials and other construction site wastes must be properly managed and disposed of to reduce the risk of pollution from materials such as surplus or refuse building materials or hazardous wastes. Practices such as trash disposal, recycling, proper material handling, and spill prevention and cleanup measures can reduce the potential for stormwater runoff to mobilize construction site wastes and contaminate surface or groundwater. —US Environmental Protection Agency
The answer for many contractors is to have a few people stay and do the necessary cleanup. Of course, that means you still have to pay them for their labor and you have to incur the expenses of the disposal fees. While you’ve probably built these costs into your bid, it’s not a good use of your resources. If this scenario sounds eerily familiar, you can do other things to deal with construction debris and get more for your time and effort. Think about the following three things:
  • Consider convenience. While you can leave the pickup and hauling of all that construction debris to part of your crew, let’s face it, this isn’t exactly the best option. You’re not only losing manpower, but also, spending money on a task that doesn’t have any reward. It would be far better to keep your labor doing productive things than paying them for something that doesn’t pay you.
  • Think about health and safety. There’s always risk when it comes to construction waste cleanup. Back injuries, abrasions, and more injuries aren’t uncommon when it comes to trying to wrangle all that junk. Do you really have the option of losing a worker for hours or days? It simply doesn’t make sense when you stop to think about this totally unnecessary risk.
  • Understand measurable costs. If you haven’t actually sat down and calculated how much you’re spending on junk cleanup and haul away, you’d be surprised if you ran the numbers. While you do have a commitment to get the job cleaned up, you don’t have to rely on you or your crew to get it done.
When you’re ready to schedule construction debris cleanup, just give us a ring. We’ll come out to you, whether you’re near Westshore, over by Lowry Park Zoo, Davis Island, or anywhere else in Tampa.

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