In part one of this two-part series, the Florida construction attorneys at Cotney Construction Law discussed waste management on the project site. After citing a shocking case in Chicago, in which an undisclosed construction company was caught dumping a slurry of water and sediment into the Chicago River, we discussed the importance of recognizing that, although contractors are largely responsible for managing waste on their project sites, it takes a joint effort between governmental, business, and professional groups to embrace a proactive approach to waste management.
Furthermore, we impressed the idea that common sense regarding environmental and societal health overrules the additional cost and potential consequences that could affect contractors whose projects are producing significant quantities of waste. We wrapped up by briefly detailing what contractors can do to control waste. Now, we will discuss this final consideration in greater detail. Remember, you are ultimately responsible for the waste you produce and where it ends up. Consult a Florida construction attorney for assistance dealing with the laws and regulations governing construction and demolition waste management.
In many cases, contractors can minimize waste by simply recognizing which aspects of the project are needlessly contributing to the overall load of waste and then opting to make changes that can decrease the amount of waste being produced. For example, when purchasing supplies, contractors can select those that are shipped with less packaging. For example, buying in bulk often results in less unnecessary boxing and wrapping. Additionally, if contractors are given the choice between supplies made from recyclable materials and those that are not, they should utilize those that are best suited to minimize waste.
With diligent planning, contractors may be able to reuse materials, such as doors and windows, during the building process. While some contracts may limit the use of reusable materials as a substitute for new materials, some owners who want to embrace green building may actually prefer that a contractor seeks out ways to minimize waste through the reuse of certain materials. Additionally, following the principles of beneficial reuse, unused materials can be donated or sold to another project.
As it turns out, many builders are unaware of how much unnecessary waste is produced during construction. Throughout the construction process, waste can be eliminated to lighten the final load once construction wraps up. Similar efforts can mitigate the amount of waste produced on future projects. For instance, modular building practices allow buildings built today to be reused later on, even if they have to be removed from their current housing and implemented into a new project. This can greatly reduce the amount of fabricated plywood and dimensional lumber that is wasted on traditional construction. In fact, contractors can save money by eliminating waste since solid waste landfill fees are often lofty.
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