Residential construction and demolition waste disposal guide

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Building, renovating or demolishing a house undoubtedly generates lots of debris. Nevertheless, a large part of this waste can be recycled, provided you know where and how to dispose of it. With the right tools and knowledge, it’s easy to recycle your waste materials.

Wood, packaging, rubble and hazardous materials are just some of the many waste products you’ll need to dispose of after working on your house. Our demolition company will tell you how to deal with them effectively.

Waste characteristics on different building sites

Each type of building site has its own particularities regarding waste management. For instance, residential demolition sites generate far more debris than residential construction sites. Here’s a table showing the different types of waste present at different building sites:


Managing the different types of waste on a building site

Building sites produce a wide variety of waste products, some of which may be hazardous. Waste management planning is therefore important for protecting your health and safety and the environment. Let’s look at the main types of waste produced on a building site and how they should be managed.

Inert waste disposal

Inert waste is waste that doesn’t decompose or burn and is neither chemically nor biologically reactive. It mainly encompasses mineral waste, examples of which include concrete, tiles, bricks, rubble, glass and ceramic. In fact, these products represent the vast majority of residual materials produced on a building site, notably found in mass on a stone house demolition site.

Inert waste can be managed by a few different methods:

  • Reusing materials (e.g. asphalt from one site that is no longer needed can be reused on another site)
  • Optimizing the use of materials (e.g. avoid leaving scraps, overstocking materials, and using overqualified materials for the task at hand)
  • Transforming materials (e.g. after a concrete demolition project, the spare concrete could be crushed and sifted to create gravel or exposed aggregate concrete)

Non-inert waste disposal

Non-inert waste is ordinary construction waste which, even if it has undergone modifications, does not contain hazardous materials. In this category, you’d find packaging, plaster and cardboard among other materials.

Plastic packaging can be recycled into new packaging or converted into useful forms of energy. For a demolition, items such as doors, windows, mouldings, window frames and plumbing parts can all be recycled.

Hazardous waste disposal

When waste materials pose potential health or environmental risks, they are considered hazardous. This type of waste includes any solid, liquid or gaseous substances that have toxic, corrosive or flammable properties. In this category, you’d find oils, asbestos, varnishes, paints and batteries.

When dealing with this type of waste, you should generally request professional help. We advise you not to go wading into a demolition site swarmed with asbestos without an expert’s guidance. A suitable demolition method must be applied in this case.

Contact Excavation Chanthier for construction and demolition waste disposal

Good waste management is important on any building site. Not only does it ensure your workers’ safety and protect the environment, but it also keeps the work running smoothly and on time.

Do you live in the Greater Montreal area and want to demolish your house?

Contact Excavation Chanthier now! You can hire one of our residential demolition specialists to take care of everything, including waste management.


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