Managing Construction Waste: Demolition versus Deconstruction


Did you know that environmentally friendly practices can contribute to your bottom line? Waste diversion can reduce disposal costs by up to 30 percent.

Breaking down the process:

Demolition consists of smashing the building into rubble and from there, it heads to the landfill. It’s fast and easy, but it isn’t sustainable.

Deconstruction involves taking building materials apart while preserving elements that can be repurposed, recycled, or donated. The benefits of deconstruction are significant; first you are environmentally consciously making an effort to reduce the amount of construction waste heading in our local landfills.

Easy deconstruction steps and tips:

  1. Always keep drywall separated; it’s 100% recyclable!

  2. Framing and flooring can be recycled, depending on whether or not it is solid wood. You can donate these materials to local non-profits, rebuild centres, and schools to repurpose.

  3. Deconstruct cabinetry as well as appliances, which can be either donated or recycled, depending on their condition.

  4. Disassembled lighting, fixtures, doors, and windows can either be repurposed, recycled, or donated.

  5. Always give non-profits, rebuild centres, or schools a heads-up, so they can make room for all your materials.

These building materials can have a second life, and there is a need for them. By donating materials to a local non-profit, you are creating opportunities for upcycling and helping them bring in financial gain. It’s a win-win!

The majority of broken down construction waste can be recycled, repurposed, or donated—it’s not all garbage. All these materials can avoid the landfill if you make a conscious effort.

Not sure what can be dismantled? Contact us and we will walk you through the process!