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Construction and Demolition: Waste Minimization Techniques

Construction Tech Review | Thursday, April 01, 2021

The economic advantages of waste minimization include the potential to sell particular waste products and the free or low-cost removal of other waste from sites, resulting in a decrease in landfill materials.

FREMONT, CA: Environmental issues, which are one of the required conditions for the continuity of life that includes everything in the environment, are increasingly deteriorating and pose a threat to both nature and humanity. Natural resources are depleting daily as the world's population, and consumption habits grow. Ecological problems have arisen in recent years due to global climate change and the rapid depletion of natural resources. As a result, it is essential to reduce material usage and allow productive use of natural resources by recycling eligible wastes. As a result, recycling is critical in terms of natural resource management and effective use.

The construction sector is one of the areas where raw materials are most consumed. The industry aims to minimize the number of inputs used in production processes and the use of raw materials and energy consumption. Thus, to effectively and reliably reduce waste issues, it is important to reduce waste created by cCnstruction and Demolition (C&D) activities.

Waste Minimization Techniques

Despite the severe pollution caused by construction activities, any construction site urgently requires a robust construction waste management system. It is critical to structure ways to reduce waste generation, which is seen as the most favorable solution to any waste issue. Indeed, every construction company should be required to implement a construction waste management plan customized to its specific mode of operation so that all employees, from management to operational, are working toward the same objective of construction waste management.

The economic and environmental benefits of waste minimization are important, as it benefits both the environment and cost savings. The economic advantages of waste minimization include the potential to sell particular waste products and the free or low-cost removal of other waste from sites, resulting in a decrease in landfill materials. Any technique, procedure, or activity that prevents, removes, or decreases waste at its source or enables waste to be reused or recycled for beneficial purposes is minimized. C&D waste can be disposed of in various ways, including recycling, incineration, and landfilling. Before considering different solutions, a hierarchy of disposal options must be captured into six levels, ranging from low to high impacts, namely, minimizing, reusing, recycling, composting, incinerate, and landfilling.

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