Reduce Waste With Strategy Reduce, reuse, and recycle

During this time, we tend to accept that development is a messy process. But, try to imagine, if in a project, a lot of material left.

The Construction and Demolition Recycling Association estimates, the current construction and demolition produce about 325 million tons of waste each year in the United States.

US Green Building Council estimates that even the construction of buildings only use 40 percent of the building materials used. While 30 percent into a pile of waste in the United States.

Fortunately, there are many opportunities for architects and designers to reduce the numbers of such waste.

Most of us are familiar with the “reduce, reuse, and recycle” or “reduce, reuse, recycle”. The basic principle of this fact can minimize construction waste.

In addition, there are also positive ways used by architects and designers are able to affect the production of waste through design and material specification.

You can define renewable materials, or products with high recycled content. You also can choose materials with low energy content. You can choose to reuse existing materials from buildings that are not used. With
Thus, the people around are not affected by the waste.

Reuse (repurpose)

Not surprisingly, this the most efficient way to reduce construction waste. Repurposing is reusing existing materials to be recycled.

Reuse has also expanded into building materials reclaimed from other projects. Even if it is not
can be renovated, the material structure is still possible to be reused elsewhere.

Demolition or deconstruction

If reuse is not possible and demolition material
indeed necessary, divert waste stream is very important, because the demolition waste much greater volume of construction waste.

When you want to do the demolition, consider using contractors who are seriously looking for materials that can be recycled or reused. This can help to offset the higher costs.

Reducing the size

There are many cases when reusing the existing structure is not possible. In this case, the first priority is to reduce the size of the new building. This is where the ability of a designer can have the greatest impact.

Each square meter can be eliminated in the pre-design phase. This is a substantial saving way so that you do not need to buy a lot of materials, material suppliers do not need to trouble transporting materials to the site, and the contractor does not need to be difficult to install and handle the waste stream.


The design process offers opportunities how to allocate resources. Spaces that has many functions can help reduce the overall load of the material. Try to carefully plan the room built-in or storage solutions that contribute to reducing material. Designers and architects are expert in this case.


housing manufactured in factories with prefabricated process could create lower volume waste streams. Consider using materials efficiently and carefully plan the construction process in a factory environment. The factory also effectively manage the supply chain for the delivery of products. Installation efficiency in the work environment can be conditioned properly.

Recycle (through the selection of materials)

This is another way in which you can do a lot of control in the process of design and construction. You should be aware that there are some materials that contain high amounts of energy, such as concrete, where the cement accounted for about 5 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions.

If possible, specify building products with high recycled content rather than new material.

Aggregate concrete, countertops, carpet, tile, glass, wood and even drywall can all be sourced with a high recycled content. Consider using local materials to reduce waste by minimizing transport and fuel consumption.

Recycle (through the construction site)

In addition to material selection, construction process also goes into planning. You can set detailed waste management plan as well. Waste management plans among other things to divert the waste stream, recycling packaging materials, stockpiling wood for reuse.

Separating waste streams and generally reduce the overall volume of waste generated when the project progresses.