8 common wastes on a construction project and how to dispose them correctly

by | Aug 10, 2021

common wastes on construction

After the completion of a construction work that included remodeling, excavation, and demolition, a stream of wastes is generated, and it must be categorized before their correct disposal.

This is precisely one of the biggest issues we have worldwide since those big amounts of waste and garbage that are produced after construction activities are neither classified correctly nor discarded efficiently.

At Carolina Custom Homes we specifically explain to you how to handle waste, starting from its classification to the ideal way of disposing of it, if needed.



These are the most common wastes generated after the finalization of a construction project



The contractors or people in charge of construction projects must train their personnel to carefully handle the selection, collection, and disposal of waste produced during and after the completion of a building work.


  1. Electronic waste: the percentage of electronic waste is on the rise. As new technology is being developed, old devices waste grows, and while some of them are recycled, others are discarded and end up at places where they are disposed of adequately. For this purpose, some companies collect this type of waste.


  1. Metal waste: metal materials labeled as wastes such as led, copper, and aluminum are recycled. The majority of them are reused and seldom discarded.


  1. Electrical waste: after the finalization of any construction work it is ideal to collect all electrical wastes such cables, wire piping, electrical boxes, etc., to select what can be recycled and reused, as well as to manage what is going to be discarded in the right places.


  1. Masonry waste: in traditional or manual construction, materials like cement, stone, ceramic, and sand produce large quantities of wastes which when classified correctly are recycled and reused in the majority. They are generally sold for other projects or are transformed into new materials.


  1. Drywall, paints, and waterproof materials: drywall is highly recyclable and reusable; the waste it generates is rarely discarded. On the other hand, both paints and waterproof materials contain hazardous components for our health and the environment, which is why this type of waste must be managed carefully.


  1. Structural materials and large wastes: these are the heavier materials in every construction site. They can be wood, steel, or others. Most of them are recycled to obtain other materials.

Large wastes from remodeling works must go to landfills assigned for them. They cannot be discarded at random places since they would cause a lot of pollution.


  1. Products from excavations and demolitions: gravel, sand, stones, the majority of this type of waste is recyclable and reusable in almost its entirety.


  1. Wood, PVC, and plastic waste: both wood and plastics are recyclable and reusable. As to PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) piping, they’re also recyclable; however, the glue used for it is polluting which is why this waste must be eliminated correctly.


To remodel and build, hire us, Carolina Custom Homes, a construction company that helps to take care of the environment, disposing of waste correctly.


Not all waste derived from the completion of a construction site is automatically garbage. Many of these leftovers are recyclable and reusable. However, there are a large number of them that must be disposed of properly so that they don’t cause environmental damage, unhealthiness and don’t devalue the homes and buildings where these landfills are.

At Carolina Custom Homes we guarantee you’ll have the best results in the development of your project.

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran

Mike Goubran, owner of Carolina Development and Properties, LLC, and its affiliate, Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations, LLC, has been building homes in the Charlotte area for over 20 years. Mike graduated with a degree in Construction Management from East Carolina University and went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte. He has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1999 and currently holds this designation in both North and South Carolina. Mike is also a Certified Green Professional and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders. Carolina Custom Homes and Renovations is also an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau.

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