Every year, there are a number of growing trends that will affect the construction industry. 2019 is no different. Here are 3 considerations to keep in mind for in 2019:
The More We Build, The More We Waste
Every year, construction spending increases. This means more construction, demolition and waste management. It’s simple, more buildings go up and more building come down. The result of this is more waste being created at construction sites.
Construction companies and contractors must take the opportunity to recycle unused materials from their construction sites. This responsibility includes more than just separating seemingly recyclable items. IT is increasingly important that materials be sorted and handled carefully to ensure that contamination is not taking place.
Contaminated materials can cause major problems. Similar to the term, one apple spoils the bunch – one contaminated material can contaminate other materials and cause them to all need discarding. Contaminated recycling materials inevitably end up in the land fill.
Awareness and proper training can help companies run a successful recycling program on their job sites.
What Does Lean Construction Mean?
One practice that is picking up steam is lean construction. This includes reducing or eliminating waste by implementing smarter processes.
A lot of construction companies are practicing Lean construction or shifting toward that approach of project management. One of the pillars of Lean construction is reducing or eliminating waste through better processes.
It’s quite simple in theory – less waste equals less recycling. Having a smaller amount of waste to sort through will make it easier to determine what is recyclable an what is not.
Technology Is Your Friend
Technology is advancing quickly and becoming a larger part of many industries every year. Why not let it do some work for you?
Drones can fly above and survey a construction site, while sorting machines can improve efficiency. There are many possibilities for technology to help improve your recycling process if you let it.
Budget can be a restriction. Especially, when it comes to implementing technology. So, when planning your 2019 budget, be sure to weigh the pros and cons of including new technology into your construction recycling process.
Omar’s Environmental can help you with your construction recycling and waste management needs. For more information, please contact us today!