It does not matter whether you are handling the remodeling job by yourself, or if it is being taken care of by a professional contractor, the need for and the methods of reducing as well as managing waste remains the same.
So, the following tips should be useful to both professional contractors and DIY enthusiasts alike.
Plan and Order with Precision
You can save money, materials, and the environment simultaneously if you plan your orders with precision. Adopt lean principles and order exactly the quantity of materials the project will need, based on measurements and the project’s overall schematics. Of course, calculations can be slightly off, so it is better to order a little less and bring in the rest later than to order more. This can save you a lot of money, in addition to the waste reduction advantages.
Deconstruction and Demolition: Choose Wisely
Both might be necessary, but deconstruction creates less waste and preserves reusability. Demolition, on the other hand, does exactly what the term suggests it does. Smaller remodeling and renovations do not generally require too much demolition, but due to the fact that demolishing existing structures is the faster and easier way to tear things down, contractors will often choose it over deconstruction, which does take more time. Demolition creates a lot of waste at the site and may even release toxic particles that were trapped inside the structure. This in turn can lead to air, soil, and groundwater contamination as an additional environmental side effect.
Resell/Buy What You Can
If you are the homeowner, then try to resell or even give away the furniture, appliances, plumbing fixtures, sinks, tubs, doors, countertops, and just about anything else that you will not be needing anymore, post the remodeling. However, it must be in at least useable condition, so tell your contractor to be careful with it during the extraction. If you are the general contractor hired to do a job, buy the stuff that you know can turn you a profit in the secondhand goods market, or if you believe they can be reused in one of your own projects. As for the others, you should arrange for proper garbage disposal, as per the state/city regulations.
Arrange for Adequate Garbage Disposal
You will not be able to sell/buy everything, and then, of course, there is the actual debris, dust, etc. to take care of. Debris and all other types of waste created during renovations are not supposed to be put inside trash cans as regular household garbage. You will need to contact a waste management company, adequately equipped to pick up, process and dispose of the construction waste from transfer stations to landfills. There are environmental and financial benefits to doing so, not to mention the fact that it is also a legal mandate. Reducing and managing waste at any construction/renovation site is extremely important for not just saving money, but also for saving the land and the environment around the site. Never ignore or let your contractor ignore the waste reduction and management procedures because you will be the one living in that house and on that land with your family.