The Benefits Of Construction Material Recycling

Posted on: 20 September 2022

Now that governments and businesses across the United States are aware that sustainability is the key to a prosperous future, there is a need to reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry. It is no longer appropriate to send construction waste to local landfills for disposal without first looking for ways to reduce the waste.

Many modern contractors recycle waste produced during construction to help minimize the harmful effect of landfill waste on the environment. If you intend to start a construction business, you should recycle construction waste for the following reasons.

Recycling Reduces Landfill Waste

Although still common, disposing of waste in landfills has many environmental disadvantages. These include the following:

  1. Landfills take up precious space and eventually fill up, creating a constant need to turn more vacant land into landfills.
  2. Landfills produce leachate that can cause significant soil and groundwater contamination.
  3. Landfills generate greenhouse gases that contribute to nationwide and global environmental crises like climate change and global warming. 

Recycling reduces the need to transport construction waste to landfill sites, reducing the detrimental effects of landfill operations on the environment. The more waste gets diverted from landfills, the better for the environment.

Recycling Conserves Natural Resources

Primary production of construction materials requires substantial amounts of natural resources such as energy, water, trees, and metal ores. As a result, production methods that require fewer resource inputs are desirable to ensure the sustainable use of available natural resources.

When recycled material, rather than virgin material, is used to manufacture new construction products, natural resources are conserved, ensuring more of them are available for future use.

Recycling Can Save You Money

The transport costs and tipping fees associated with disposing of construction material in landfill sites can substantially increase your business operating costs.

Recycling can help you lower these costs considerably by reducing the need to haul your construction waste to the landfill. Plus, many recycling facilities usually charge less than landfills to accept your waste. 

Recycling Gives Your Construction Business A Competitive Edge

Prospective clients want to hire builders and contractors that care about the environment – just like them. Recycling construction waste is an excellent way to demonstrate your company's commitment to protecting the environment for posterity's sake.

When potential clients see this commitment, they will feel enticed to bring their business to you.

Recycling construction materials presents an opportunity to save the environment while achieving cost savings. Contact a waste removal company, such as Ware Disposal, to learn more about your waste disposal options.