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Reduce construction and demolition waste to save $$$ on your business' operating costs

yellow excavator with a hydraulic breaker on a residential demolition site

Reduction simply means making something smaller. Reducing the size of construction and demolition (C&D) waste is an important step in the waste management of your projects. Investing in pulverizers, jaw crushers, impact crushers, and shears will help reduce the size of your waste, making it easier to fit into less dumpster space - lowering your transportation and dumping costs. You might even be able to recycle some of your waste for use as base or fill for your next job. Our experts tell you more in this article!

excavator with a grabber helping to break down a residentail house
Residential demolition project

<div id="Why-should-I-reduce-the-size-of-my-construction-and-demolition-waste">Why should I reduce the size of my construction and demolition waste?</div>

Sending large pieces of construction waste to landfill, or even recycling plants can end up costing your business a lot of money. Let's take a house demolition as an example. You would never think of trying to take a whole house and put it in a dump truck without breaking it up first right?  It’s far too big and bulky and it would never fit.

By using shears and pulverizers you can break the house down into more manageable chunks. You might now have pieces that can fit into your trucks but there is probably a lot of wasted space. This will mean more trips to the landfill and more dumping fees to get rid of your waste.

yellow excavator with hydraulic breaker attachment being used on site to break down a block of flats
Using a hydraulic breaker on a demolition project

Adding a shredder or crusher stage will make your waste even smaller meaning that more of it will be able to fit into a single dumpster! Renting large dump trucks as well as hiring drivers can be really expensive and costs will quickly add up when the C&D materials take up a lot of space.

Transporting C&D materials to a waste disposal site can be made much easier, quicker, and cheaper by using machines that can break down the waste. By reducing the size of the C&D materials, lighter dump trucks can be used and it will take a lot fewer trips to transport all of the material.

<div id="What-machines-reduce-the-size-of-C&D-waste">What machines reduce the size of C&D waste?</div>

Large and brittle objects like concrete can easily be broken with hydraulic breakers and sheers. Harder materials including metals can be handled by using a pulverizer mounted on an excavator. Shears can also be mounted on excavators to cut metals such as pipes & rebar.

pulveriser being used on a demolition site attached to an yellow excavator
Pulveriser being used onsite

Waste can be sorted by material type for example; creating a pile for concrete and another for wood. If the waste is mostly concrete, it can be broken down further with a jaw crusher or impact crusher. Steel reinforcement rods also known as rebar in the concrete can be removed beforehand using specialized magnetic separators. Recycled concrete can then even be used on your next construction projects or sold for a profit. This would mean even less dumping costs - instead, you can be making money from your waste! Find out more about how you can make money recycling concrete.

On the other hand, if your waste is made up of a mixture of different types of materials like metal, wood waste, glass, or plastic you’ll need a shredder. This will allow for easier transport and fewer trips to the waste disposal site.

<div id="Where-can-I-get-more-information?">Where can I get more information?</div>

Want to find out more information on machines that are best suited to your construction and demotion projects? Get in contact with the Machinery Partner experts today who will be able to help you source and finance all kinds of equipment including shredders, crushers, pulverizers and more.


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