Construction, Demolition Debris - Setting Up A Jobsite Recycling Program

A well thought out strategy is as helpful for managing jobsite solid waste as
it is to any other aspect of planning and building. A waste management plan
includes setting prevention goals, documenting waste generation and recycling
rates, adapting designs to reduce materials, reducing packaging and other
jobsite trash, and emphasizing reuse.

Understanding the conditions affecting waste management costs and recycling
options in your area is the key to developing a successful waste management
plan. There are many variables affecting cost and efficiency, including
availability of local recyclers, disposal fees and fee structure, distances to
landfills and recycling facilities, and whether pickup services are available.

Subcontractors and workers are integral to the success of a recycling program.
An effective program will include all project participants: subcontractors,
workers and suppliers. Here are some things you can do the ensure recycling
program success:

  • Include waste handling requirements in all project documents. Encourage
    suggestions from crew on improving efficiency or including additional
  • Consider designating a crew member who has an interest in recycling as the
    jobsite recycling coordinator. Check in with them regularly to assist with
    troubleshooting and adopting new strategies. Form a waste management team for
    larger projects.
  • Allow time for a learning curve. As always, learning new procedures takes
    time. Initial savings garnered through recycling efforts may not seem like they
    compensate for extra time spent, but over time recycling strategies have been
    proven to pay off.
  • To reduce on-site waste, coordination among the workers and subcontractors is
    critical. Discuss your recycling program at safety meetings and other regular
  • Work with subcontractors to develop improved material handling methods.
    Efficient material use can be encouraged by ordering quantities and timing
    deliveries that coordinate accurately with project tasks. Purchasing in excess
    can increase damaged and stolen materials and encourage inefficient use. Just
    in time purchasing, and improved storage and handling can prevent damage or
  • Waste reduction can be accomplished through contract structure. By making it
    part of the bidding process, subcontractors can be required to dispose of their
    own waste or required to use on-site recycling bins.
  • A defined cleanup policy can designate storage areas and limit the length of
    time waste remains on site. When planned carefully, this can lessen the
    likelihood of drive-by contamination (the dumping of waste by unauthorized
    people) and significantly improve the site appearance.
  • Ask suppliers to take back or buy back substandard or unused items. Request
    that suppliers deliver items on returnable pallets or reusable containers.

Tips for recycling bin use

Allocate adequate space for separation of recyclables. If space is limited,
identify two or three materials that will be targeted, and obtain small bins
for just these.

Post signs that clearly designate recycling containers with lists of what is

Check bins regularly for non-recyclable items.

Check trash bins to see if recyclables are being discarded.

Follow up with crew and subcontractors on an ongoing basis.

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Recycling containers must be at least as convenient to use as trash bins. If
your jobsite is large, make certain that bins are centrally located and easily
accessible. Effort should be made to see that containers do not become
excessively full. To prevent unwanted drive-by dumping, locate recycling
containers away from public sight and access.

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