Construction projects generate an awful lot of recoverable waste. For example, the building/renovation of an average 2,000 square foot home can produce 8,000 pounds of excess material. Much of that material, which includes packaging, lumber, masonry aggregate and appliances can be recycled or re-used, but it usually gets hauled to the landfill.
Sometimes, materials can simply be re-used in the way they were intended. Other times they can be reconstituted into other products or even donated to nonprofit organizations, which prevents clogging up landfills and supports a good cause.
The good news is, Gresham Sanitary Service rents drop boxes of all sizes for waste and recycling on construction sites and in other commercial areas. We can roll off your unit just about anywhere you choose, you can keep it as long as you need*, and we’ll pick it up when your project is finished.
Below are just a few of the materials that can be recycled in our drop boxes, and a few other options for re-use and donation.
Untreated wood and lumber scraps can be used for energy recovery. We accept all kinds of untreated lumber in our drop boxes for reprocessing, but if you have any larger pieces left over they can be donated to groups like Habitat for Humanity and The Rebuilding Center.
You can recycle bricks, concrete and other masonry aggregate in our 10 yard drop boxes Used concrete can also serve as pieces of a landscaping wall.
Cardboard and Paper
When recycling paper products it’s important to have it separated and stored in a dry place, such as a covered drop box. To cut back on cardboard mass, avoid products with excessive packaging.
Asphalt shingles can be placed in our drop boxes and reconstituted as road paving and patching material. However, if you have any shingles left over in full bundles, they can also be donated.
We will also accept separated dirt and rock, sod, and yard debris for recycling.
What we can’t accept in our drop boxes for reclamation could possibly be placed in a drop box for disposal. However, gently used construction materials like cabinets, sinks, bathtubs, light fixtures, hardware, nails, plumbing fittings and other supplies are all accepted by the organizations mentioned above.
A critical factor in recycling construction waste is on-site separation. In fact, we offer special discounted rates for clean, separated loads of recyclables. So, it’s important to have drop boxes for different materials clearly labeled. This will take some extra effort and training of personnel at first, but once these habits are established, on-site separation of recoverable materials can be done at little or no additional cost.
It may also be important to have drop boxes that protect recyclables from rain or containers that can be locked to prevent tampering.
If you’re in need of commercial drop boxes for construction waste and recycling, contact Gresham Sanitary Service today. Call 503-665-2424, use our contact form, or send an email to info@GreshamSanitary.com
* Rental fees may apply.