Recycling construction site waste: why it is important

Sustainability has now become a priority and this is true in any industry, including construction. That is why we are here to talk about the importance of recycling construction site waste which, to date, is a crucial practice and which can help the environment and the economy.

Millions of tons of materials are discarded on construction sites every year, with a significant impact on the environment. For this reason it is useful to discover what are the practices that can make the construction industry more sustainable and less impactful.

The sector is one of the world’s largest waste producers. This happens because there is a growing demand. While sustainable infrastructure is increasingly required, it is also time to get to know and implement all the necessary practices to reduce the environmental impact of the construction industry .

In addition, recycling construction waste can also represent an opportunity to save money, and this is exactly what we are going to see.

Recycling construction site waste: the types

Construction sites are a source of many different types of waste materials. We have concrete, metal, wood, plastic just to name the main ones.

Some of these, such as concrete, are particularly interesting for future reuse and are worth delving into (we recommend reading our guide on recycled concrete).

Specifically, we can say that concrete is among the most used materials on construction sites and it is good to know how to recycle it.

There are also metals such as steel, aluminum and copper that are highly recyclable.This is a fundamental aspect and it should be stressed that metals can be melted and reformed without losing the main characteristics.

Recycling the metals of construction sites reduces the need for new extraction and, consequently, also the energy consumption engaged in these activities.

We also point out the presence of plastics, which are widespread on construction sites and can come from pipes, packaging and so on.

In some cases, these plastics can be recycled, while others require longer and more complex processes. In any case, recycling the plastics of construction sites reduces the oil consumption that is still necessary to produce new ones.

These are just some of the waste that can be recycled and that, as you can easily guess, lead to a number of advantages in terms of economic savings and environmental impact.

Recycling concrete: easy with Blendplants

In order to recycle concrete, it is necessary to follow an undoubtedly demanding procedure. For this reason it is necessary to use the best technologies such as those developed by Blendplants.

The Betonblock Blendplants system was created to meet this need. The technology developed allows to transform the waste of concrete into a resource to be reused.

It starts with shattering the material into smaller pieces, which can be used as aggregates for new mixtures.

This is extremely useful, because it reduces the need to dispose of material in landfills and contributes to create a circular use of materials in the construction industry.

Recycling systems are designed to meet different needs and production volumes, making them ideal for both small and large construction projects.

Using recycled concrete reduces the carbon footprint of the construction site, a fundamental step towards more sustainable construction practices.

Recycled concrete can be used to make new jersey, tetrapods and other types of barriers and much more.