Work with Reclaimed Building Materials
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In the U.S., of all the solid waste generated, 40% of this waste comes from construction projects, which produces an excess of unused building materials. There are around 1,300 reuse centers in the U.S., where donations of building materials are accepted and resold to the public at very low costs and in some cases donated. However only 20% of homeowners are aware of this type of services. Debris, new materials scraps and old materials all constitute potentially recoverable materials. Also, in renovations, appliances and masonry materials could be recycled. Some materials may be recycled directly into the same product for reuse, others may be reconstituted into others usable products.
The central focus is to promote the reuse of construction surplus for any and all type of building material, even upcycling, and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill, promoting sustainability. By doing so, you will be diverting reusable materials that would otherwise go to the landfill.
The option of treating construction waste has economic, social and environmental benefits. Replacement of conventional materials with debris, for example, results in savings in the purchase of raw materials. With recycling, there is also the minimization of pollution caused by waste, which can cause flooding and the silting of rivers and streams. As can be seen, the lack of proper routing of these materials generates damages from the point of view of the environment and the quality of life of the population, showing even more the need for reuse.
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