Construction Recycling & Debris Disposal
At Abe’s Trash Service, we’ve become vehemently active in our efforts to recycle and maintain sustainable trash removal services. We’ve even gone so far as to help our customers become active in recycling as well with construction recycling and environmentally responsible debris disposal.
Each year, the United States generates close to 600 million tons of recoverable construction and demolition (C&D) materials. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the largest sector contributing to C&D waste is nonresidential demolition, with the second-largest being residential renovation. Without their proper disposal, these C&D materials not only take up an unnecessary amount of space in our landfills, but they also leak toxic chemicals into our soil and water supply. At Abe’s Trash Service, we do everything we can to ensure these materials are properly disposed of—whether that’s by repurposing scrap wood into mulch or recycling glass and scrap steel.
By recycling last year, we kept 35 million pounds of material out of the landfill!
With more and more consumers and companies tuning-in to the needs of our planet, we’re excited to discover what we can accomplish in 2020 and beyond!
Different Methods of Construction Recycling
Below, we’ve outlined our methods of recycling the different products found on a construction site. We are flexible in our methods and willing to work with you if you have any requests for custom construction recycling services and trash removal.
Scrap Wood and Pallets
20-yard | 30-yard | 40-yard dumpster
All scrap wood will be ground into mulch. We are able to keep the wood from this particular job separate. If you would like, we can return it as mulch when you are ready to plant shrubs and trees at the end of the project. When we grind wood into mulch, we are able to separate the nails from the mulch. Acceptable wood pallets are 48” x 40”, 2 way or 4 way, no pallets over 6’.
20-yard | 40-yard dumpster
All scrap steel will be taken to the recycling plant of your choice, we usually use Alters or Lakeside. The check for the steel will be sent directly to you. We will bill you for the haul and keep track of the weight of each load.
20-yard | 40-yard dumpster
Our construction recycling team is able to take cardboard, aluminum, tin, newspaper, magazines, #1 and #2 plastics, and office paper together in one container. Glass must be kept separate from these materials to ensure that it does not contaminate the other materials.
Glass must be kept separate from all other recyclable products. We will haul all glass to First Star Fiber to be transferred to a processing plant.
All concrete will be recycled or used for erosion control in rural areas.
Drywall will be mixed with yard waste and manure at our compost site. We use the compost as fertilizer in cornfields.
Other Tips for Reducing C&D Waste in Construction
We understand that it can be difficult to completely eliminate the amount of C&D waste produced during commercial and residential construction projects. However, here are some tips for reducing C&D material disposal:
- Reuse existing materials
- Buy recycled materials
- Preserve existing buildings by remodeling and repurposing
- Design new buildings to be adaptable
- Build in a way that facilitates the reuse of materials
Call Abe’s Trash Service for Construction Recycling
Interested in how Abe’s construction recycling and construction material disposal services can help you make your next project more environmentally sustainable? Call us today to learn more!