The Remodeler’s Guide to Construction Debris
A thoughtful plan is the key to minimizing waste and maximizing profit.
Synopsis: Creating a thorough waste-management plan has the potential to reap financial and environmental rewards. Code officials are seeing the potential impact as well, and in some areas of the country, such as Boulder, Colo., and San Mateo, Calif., a plan is required by law. Using thoughtful, systematic strategies to divert materials from the landfill is the simplest way to reduce tipping fees. Author Rob Moody, a building-science consultant and educator, looks at all aspects of a typical building site, including the layout of materials, and outlines ways to minimize waste, whether it’s separating “dirty” wood from “clean” wood, exploring all recycling options, or using masonry and other inert debris as backfill on site.
Before I became a building-science consultant and teacher, I spent seven years as a self-labeled green builder. Before that, I was an ecology teacher, and for that reason, the amount of waste generated on my…