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Taking a Look at the Different Types of Construction and Demolition Wastes

Last updated 3 years ago

In a demolition or construction project waste will inevitably start to pile up. Some of these materials are recyclable, while others are toxic and need to be disposed of correctly. Learn more about the most common types of construction and demolition wastes by reading this article.

Mercury-Based Materials
Some lamps and light bulbs contain mercury, such as fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs and tubes can technically be considered toxic waste, so it’s important to handle and dispose of them with care. Other materials that contain mercury include some thermostats, as well as electrical switches and relays with mercury.

Aerosol cans are ignitable, which makes them a form of dangerous waste. In addition to being dangerous, non-empty aerosol cans are also bad for the environment. If the can is empty, it can be recycled as sheet metal. Otherwise, the can’s contents need to be professionally emptied before they can be emptied.

Absorbent Materials and Shop Towels
Any type of material that has absorbed construction waste can be considered a type of construction or demolition waste. After a construction project, towels and rags need to be handled properly and laundered before being thrown away.

Paint and Paint Materials
Paint, which is considered a type of construction and demolition waste, is usually made from lead, oil, latex, or water. Paint materials such as stripper, primer, sludge, thinner, and the like are also common types of waste.

Solvent and Sludge
Solvents produce dangerous wastes, but are considered necessary to some construction and demolition projects. Some construction companies purchase a solvent still that distills solvent so that it can be recycled. These stills can produce sludge or “bottoms,” which are usually disposed of.

If you have a small- or large-scale construction or demolition project that requires a dumpster for waste or recycling, call of New Jersey at (201) 258-3699 or arrange for a pick-up by visiting our website. We offer LEED recycling solutions for our customers in New Jersey and New York, and even provide pick-up and drop-off services.


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