Did you know that almost 98% of a building can be recycled? Roofing, wood, metal, dry wall, concrete, rubble, asphalt and plastic can all be recycled and actually help reduce your waste hauling costs. We can provide you with a project plan to reduce costs, meet LEED requirements for recycling (and gaining valuable LEED points) and keep your job site safe. Let us give you a free estimate on your next Construction or Demolition Job.
LEED Certifications have paved the way for a new standard of codes working to reduce the environmental footprint of current building practices. Construction and Demolition account for a large waste stream of the building process, which can be streamlined when excess material is reused or recycled. In many states, Construction and Demolition account for 10 percent of their solid waste management streams. In addition to reducing waste, by limiting the amount being sent to landfills, recycling according to LEED standards can save money by cutting production and disposal costs down.
Materials that count towards LEED certified recycling standards include most non-hazardous building materials: concrete, brick, concrete masonry units, sand, crushed rock, roofing, wood, cardboard, metals, glass, plastics and insulation. Points are given on a scale, based on how much of the materials have been reused.
Taking a few extra steps throughout the building process to sort your waste can save a lot of money in the long run. Saving money by reducing and recycling waste results from decreases in disposal costs, lower labor costs because less material needs to be handled and cut, and reductions in expenditures for materials because less is wasted.
Construction material is surprisingly easy to recycle and often cost-effective. Scrap lumber can be processed and used for landscaping or building products. Metals, including aluminum, cooper and steel, can be sold to scrap metal yards. Cardboard can be easily separated into cardboard-only dumpsters and picked up by a local recycler. It is always prudent to identify local markets that may be able to recycle or reuse your old material. Reducing your waste stream is an easy way to gain LEED points while saving money on your bottom line.