Dec 142010

Making eco-friendly decisions before, during and after a construction project is not only good for the environment; it’s good for your wallet. The following are a few tips and tricks for how to keep your construction site “green” that will also have you seeing green!

1. When making your construction plans design with standard building material sizes in mind. This will reduce excess spending on the cost of materials and the cost of waste removal.

2. Construction sites generate A LOT of waste. To help reduce this amount of waste, consider asking your suppliers to buy back unused items or to replace damaged materials. You might also ask to have your materials delivered in returnable pallets and containers and be sure to store your materials in a safe manner so as to prevent the loss of supplies due to weather.

3. During the purchasing phase, you have the opportunity to reduce quite a bit of waste. Because your purchase decisions have a significant impact on the market, it is important to avoid buying material brands with excessive packaging and when possible, purchase materials that you can reuse, renew and recycle.

4. Reuse and recycle on-site when possible. Clear a designated are for materials that you’ll be able to reuse on-site (i.e. lumber, scraps of drywall, etc.). Save concrete chunks, bricks, and blocs for backfill and try to use sawdust and chipped brush and trees for mulch. Use excess insulation for attic insulation or interior walls instead of throwing it away.

5. The green material industry is at an all time high. When looking to buy your supplies, look for suppliers who will provide you with eco-friendly products.

6. Reduce the flow of sediment into the drainage system by using inlet protection on all drains surrounding your construction site. This will prevent excess dirt and debris from being washed from your work zone into the city’s water supply.

7. Be sure to recycle anything and everything you can. By knowing your city’s recycling policies you may even be able to turn your unused product into cash. Call them to find out what types of products they’ll recover from construction sites. You might even consider putting your excess materials on Craigslist for individuals who are looking for construction scraps.

Dandy Products, an industry leader in curb inlet filters and inlet protection solutions can help make your next construction project CWA-compliant quickly, easily and cost-efficient.

Author: Rich Ahlgren
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