19 Feb How to use crushing services effectively in your next demolition project
Demolition projects are by their nature extremely messy, and produce extremely large amounts of waste, which can have negative impacts on the environment. However, this waste can be vastly reduced by using crushing and screening services. This can reduce the environmental impact of your demolition project and enable you to comply with the law.
Here’s how to use crushing services effectively in order to make your next demolition project your cleanest one yet.
Why crushing services are important in demolition
In the UK, all demolition projects are expected to comply with Environmental and Health & Safety laws. This is to ensure that the demolition site is safe for all those who are working on it as well as people living and working in the area. It also aims to reduce the carbon footprint of demolition projects, and to minimise the amount of waste produced by each project, so that air quality in the country can improve and less waste is being sent to landfill.
These aims are extremely important because they have direct impacts on people’s health and the quality of the air we breathe, as well as reducing negative impacts on the planet.
Using crushing services helps you to meet these targets in your demolition project, as it decreases the need for vehicles to be used in transporting waste materials from your site, and also increases the amount of waste materials from your demolition project which can be recycled and put to other uses.
How crushing services work
Crushing services, as you might expect, involve crushing concrete, masonry and other hardcore materials, or even glass, so they can be recycled into useful aggregates. These aggregates can then be used in a wide variety of other construction projects including road building. This means that much of the waste produced during your demolition does not need to go into landfill, and can instead be put to good use elsewhere.
Before materials can be crushed, an assessment needs to take place so that the waste materials can be screened into different categories. This process determines which of your waste materials are suitable for recycling, and which categories of aggregates they can be used to produce. All those which are recyclable can then be crushed using appropriate methods so they can be put to a wide variety of uses in other projects. Sometimes, some of these materials also need to be washed in order to produce suitable aggregates.
Screening, washing and crushing can either be done onsite or by removing concrete and other materials to a dedicated recycling facility. These days, state of the art machinery and modern crushing techniques enable most of this work to be done onsite, which is ideal for a number of reasons.
Why you should aim to do your crushing onsite
Doing as much of your screening, washing and crushing work directly on your demolition site rather than removing it to a recycling facility has a number of benefits for the customer and the environment.
Firstly, crushing waste materials onsite reduces the carbon footprint of your demolition project, as it reduces the need for vehicles to transport large and heavy amounts of waste materials from the demolition site to a recycling facility. This reduces vehicle emissions, so your project is cleaner and greener, helping you to meet environmental safety standards.
Secondly, onsite crushing reduces the cost to the client, due to the reduced usage of vehicles and fuel. It also makes your demolition project run more quickly and smoothly, as there is less waste to clear up at the end of the project. These time and cost benefits are vitally important to any demolition project, resulting in increased customer satisfaction and an improved reputation for your company.
Find out more about crushing services for demolition projects
If you would like to find out more about using crushing services in your next demolition project, or you are interested in crushing machinery available for use in demolition, please contact us, and we will be happy to help.