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Handy hints on waste management

March 31, 2020

Waste management is an unavoidable part of the building and construction industry. The good news is there are many simple changes you can make to waste management practices on site that will reduce waste fees and potentially save money.

The first of these is to segregate waste. This is achieved by a dedicated waste section on-site with specific bins, skips or bags for different types of building waste. A team that knows how to manage waste effectively could save costs for those projects currently hiring a specialised team to do this task or expensive tip fees by just putting everything into a skip or as part of waste removal.

Mixed building waste is generally the most expensive in waste disposal fees but clean fill, concrete and brick rubble waste, timber will be much cheaper and depending on locations be disposed off at specific waste transfer stations dedicated to that type of waste. Many places will also take scrap metal for free or may even pay you money for drop off.

Training your employees to use this system is the next step.

Another waste management practice that has twofold positive effects is to deconstruct instead of demolishing. Demolition is a messy, polluting procedure that has far less long-term gain than precise deconstruction. Deconstruction allows for a safe environment and a high potential to reuse or sell recycled materials in the process.

For more information on waste management call to speak with HIA Building Services or Planning Services team on 1300 650 620.