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Different Types of Construction Debris


If you’re a contractor, then you know that not all construction debris is created equal. It’s important to know what kind of material is in your trash so that you can be sure to dispose of it properly and keep your site safe from harm.

At Big Haul Junk & Recycling, we know that there are many different types of construction debris. Some materials need to be disposed of in different ways than others, and some even have their own special construction debris removal and recycling programs.

What is Construction Debris?

Construction debris is the waste generated during construction. It can be hazardous or non-hazardous, depending on the materials used in its construction. Construction debris includes wood, metal, concrete and plastic materials.

The cost of disposal of construction waste can be reduced by recycling these materials instead of disposing them as garbage. Some types of construction waste are recyclable and can be used as raw materials for new products.

For example, the steel and aluminum from old cars are recycled to make new ones. Waste paper is also recycled into new paper products.

Types of Construction Debris

Construction debris is a broad term, and you can find many different types of construction debris. For example, if you’re building an addition to your house and the contractor breaks the wall down during demolition, that’s considered construction waste.

If you’re doing some home remodeling and have leftover materials from previous projects lying around in boxes or bags (or maybe even just stacked up on shelves), those are also considered construction waste.

The one thing all these examples have in common is that they won’t fit into your trash bin. They need to be disposed of properly so that they don’t become hazards for people who live nearby or end up polluting our environment when they get thrown away improperly.

Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM)

Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been used in building materials for centuries. It’s resistant to fire, heat and chemicals, making it an ideal material for insulation and other purposes.

Asbestos was widely used on ships until the 1970s when studies showed that exposure to asbestos could lead to serious health problems including lung cancer. Since then, countries around the world have banned its use in products like insulation or floor tiles because of their harmful effects on human health (even when they are not damaged).

Non-Asbestos Containing Materials (NACM)

Non-asbestos containing materials (NACM) is the most common type of construction debris. NACM includes materials like drywall, insulation, carpet, and plywood.

The EPA recommends recycling or disposing of this type of debris in a landfill because it’s not considered hazardous waste and it doesn’t contain asbestos fibers. If your project involves tearing down an old building or remodeling your home, then chances are you’ll have some NACM lying around once it’s complete–and that can be costly!

But if you don’t want to throw away these valuable resources for no reason at all (and who does?), there are plenty of ways to recycle their old drywall into new products. This can be done without spending too much time on cleanup work on your own.

Demolition Debris

Demolition debris is the waste materials generated during the demolition process. Demolition debris includes wood, concrete and brick. It can be recycled, sold or taken to a landfill (as long as it is not hazardous waste).

Wood Waste

Wood waste is a type of construction debris that can be recycled or composted. It includes tree branches, lumber and plywood. You can either recycle wood waste at a local landfill or compost it on your own property using a bin or pile system.

How to Dispose Of Construction Debris

If you’re not sure what to do with construction debris, call a junk removal company. They will be able to come by and pick up your unwanted items at no cost to you. If you have asbestos in any of the materials that need to be disposed of, call a professional who can safely remove it from your property and dispose of it properly.

Have Any Construction Debris That Needs Disposing?

It is important to know the different types of construction debris. Construction debris is made up of many different materials, including wood waste and asbestos-containing materials (ACM). Demolition debris can also be a big problem if not disposed of properly because it can contain hazardous substances such as lead paint or PCBs which can leach into groundwater supplies.

At Big Haul Junk & Recycling, we have the experience and knowledge to properly dispose of any type of construction debris. Our team will come out to your property and assess what materials need to be removed, then we will provide a quote for the entire job. 

If you decide to go forward with us, we can take care of everything on-site so there is no mess left behind. Call our junk removal company today!

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