Construction Waste Management
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. These three words sum up the basis of construction waste management. They represent simple steps that can easily be incorporated into any construction project through proper planning.
According to the EPA, construction of a typical commercial building produces about 2.5 lbs. of solid waste per square foot of floor space. Annually this equates to 136 million tons of construction and demolition debris, making up about 40% of the total U.S. solid waste stream. The majority of this waste can be recycled and it makes economic sense to do so.
Recycling and management of construction waste makes economic sense, creates jobs, reduces demand for virgin resources and minimizes the environmental impacts associated with resource extraction, processing and transportation.
At W.S. Cumby, we made a commitment in 2004 to implement a Construction Waste Management Plan on every one of our projects as standard practice. As a result we have diverted an average of over 85% of construction debris from landfills and back into the manufacturing stream.
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