No one is unaware of the beneficial impact recycling has on our environment. During this time in our world and day, recycling has become a common practice in many homes. Some they do it because they want to do it. Yet others do it because they are pushed to do so. Either way, recycling makes a huge difference in the environment and is something everybody should do.
Our garbage bins can quickly fill up with all the products we consume and waste. And one of the major purposes of recycling is to reduce waste. Yes the amount of waste being sent to our dumping grounds. The more the waste is created, the less space becomes available in our dumping grounds.
Now, think, how much waste is created during the demolition or construction of a commercial or residential project?
Massive waste created by demolition and construction projects has made it important for developers and construction companies to recycle certain materials and reduce their waste. Not only is this important to help the planet and conserve resources, but is also an opportunity to cut costs in the long run.
Have a look at the benefits of recycling:
Recycling Consumes Less Resources and Uses Less Energy
If you are working in construction, you’ll probably know that the materials you are using contain a high percentage of recycled metals. Who could blame you, if you didn’t know? These materials do not break down easily and are as durable as the ones made from virgin ore – in fact, a lot more cost-effective.
Recycling processes use less energy than what is used in creating the same materials from new resources. For example, plastic is very costly to manufacture.
So, if you know that recycling can reduce the cost of living, why wouldn’t you want to contribute to the process that is helping you and the environment? Think about it.
Recycling Puts More Money into Local Economies
Recycling solid waste materials on construction and demolition sites can help ensure better prices for supplies for the entire construction industry. I am not just talking about recycling scrap metal – nearly 90% of Construction & Demolition debris can be recycled – be it concrete, plumbing fixtures, concrete, asphalt and even certain types of drywall. All of these materials can be used in the construction of new buildings, making the whole process a lot more affordable.
The use of these recycled products and materials impacts the communities we work in. Whether it’s using tax funds more economically through the purchase of recycled materials, or the creation of jobs at the recycling centre or to the local mills, recycling means more money and business into the construction industry.
Go Green: Green is also the colour of money
In addition to contributing to the economy by creating more jobs and revenue. Literally, recycling can help save you money. When you pay someone to collect your demolition waste. Remember that team, all without giving any thought to recycling dumped materials. So you’re letting them drive money off your site. Thereby not knowing what they will do with the dump. What if they just dump it at a landfill?
So what’s the point of hiring someone who can’t make sure the materials are recycled properly? In fact, it’s worth partnering with a company that provides demolition waste collection and recycling services. As well as passionate professionals trained to undertake all demolition waste removal jobs. There are also many scrap metal recycling companies. Ones that get a quality scrap management program running at your job site. They offer top dollar for recycling certain materials – electronics, ferrous and non-ferrous metal. Finally helping you offset any end-of-project costs.
Green looks good on the environment
Again; so along with the other benefits of recycling, it helps to save the environment and creates less pollution. Similarly dumping grounds produce a large amount of methane gas. Methane gas is one of the most significant sources of greenhouse gas. By reducing the amount of waste we send to landfills, we contribute to landfill space reduction. This ultimately reduces the amount of methane gas produced at landfills. Hence, saving the environment.
It’s a fact that there can sometimes be minor inconveniences to putting an effective recycling program at the job site. Although the beneficial impacts of supply cost reduction and increased profitability, clearly override the qualms people may have about demolition waste removal and scrap management. And, the landfill space reduction and energy savings we keep hearing about? They are the icing on the cake.
The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from:
# Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions)
# Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman
# Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel
# Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky
# Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley
# Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke
# Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley
# Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea
# and more green living books to follow.