Ways To Dispose Of Construction Demolition Waste
One of the chief sources of solid waste in Canadian landfills is demolition waste. This waste isn’t always garbage. Debris from demolition projects can have a residual value of up to 75%. It indicates that there is a chance that this waste could go somewhere than a landfill. It is crucial to use all accessible alternative disposal techniques since the volume of construction and demolition trash keeps growing. It has numerous positive economic and environmental effects.
Demolition waste includes wood goods, asphalt, masonry, drywall, and concrete. The small quantities of soil, shingles, metals, polymers, and insulation are some of the minor components also present in the waste.
Recycling materials is the most straightforward answer to the problem of demolition waste. Recycling is the practice of bringing back a portion of demolition debris for reuse. It means that recovered wood or metal would still be used as wood or metal and not be converted into another type of material or product. The need to carefully sort the debris is one of the biggest problems with recycling. It can be time-consuming and costly. Separating each sort of material from bulk garbage is necessary. In demolition, this might be challenging.
Instead of dumping waste in landfills, another option is to compost the materials. This procedure uses natural decomposition to break down organic molecules. The ingredients are efficiently consumed by bacteria, releasing carbon dioxide and fertile soil. In any case, similar processes would take place in the landfill. The distinction is that during the uncontrolled decomposition that takes place in landfills, methane is released. Methane is a gas that has a higher greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide, making it substantially more destructive to the environment.
Also, the demolition waste is sometimes incinerated, but this method, of demolition waste, brings some unique challenges. Like, burning wood does not produce harmful pollutants, but other components do. They can release significant quantities of hazardous gases when burned. These include heavy metals and gases, including carbon monoxide, hydrogen fluoride, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen. Items that are safe to burn could be burned while others cannot if sorting of the materials is done prior.
Many believe, that Canada’s regulatory structure for demolition trash is insufficient to address the problem. To actually treat the problem’s root cause, a new approach than what is currently being done is necessary. Experts are promoting an idea termed integrated lifecycle-based waste management. It implies that long before demolition, the eventual disposal of all materials will be considered. Planning for disposal throughout the design and construction phases would significantly improve the management of demolition trash.
At Fleetwood Waste Systems Ltd., we ensure that everything that can be recycled or reused is appropriately handled. We continue to be committed to two priorities: landfill diversion and demolition waste efficiency.