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You’ve likely seen a dumpster brimming waste on some construction sites. Much of the rubbish you may see is genuine garbage—materials packaging, discarded disposal tool consumables, and the like. You may also see some items that don’t seem so much like garbage, such as building supplies in varying conditions. While some discarding building materials can be recycled, a large portion of these discarded materials winds up filling landfills and hurting client bottom lines. Here are some of the ways commercial construction companies can reduce their construction waste for the benefit of the company, client, and the environment.

  1. Revisit your building methods. While we may all have a specific building method that we feel is best, it may be quite dated and downright wasteful. The construction industry is filled with innovative minds that are always coming up with more efficient, less wasteful building techniques.
  1. Keep an eye out for recyclables. Some materials will always be destined for the dumpster. Others, especially discarded plastics, may be completely recyclable. It’s worth it to bring out a recyclables bin to your construction site. Not only will the dump truck driver and the environment thank you, but it will also be great publicity for your company’s commitment to sustainable building practices.
  1. Cut down on mistakes. The adage of “measure twice, cut once” isn’t just something your grandpa used to say when you were making birdhouses in Cub Scouts. For construction professionals, this should be a way of life! If your crews are continually making mistakes that make building materials unusable, its time to nip it in the bud. Your bottom line will thank you.
  1. Protect your materials. Have you ever lost some building materials because they were accidently left in the rain or the snow? We get it—it’s a hassle to move building materials out of the elements when not actively in use. Appropriately protecting these building materials, however, will save you big time on damage replacements. Take the time to establish material protection protocols.
  1. Cut down on bulky packaging. If you’re tired of construction sites covered in unnecessary boxes, plastic wrap, or paper, opt for a building product manufacturer who doesn’t go crazy with the packable materials. A little goes a long way, but a lot fills your dumpster.
  1. Order the appropriate-sized materials. While you’d rather have too much than too little, that logic can quickly get out of hand with building materials. If you’re buying plywood, studs, and drywall that are all two feet longer than they need to be, your dumpster is going to fill up quickly. It’s best to come up with a new solution.

For all of your commercial construction needs in the Greater Tulsa, OK, contact your friends at Cowen Construction.