Understanding Damage Contractors

Do you understand how damage contractors operate? Many people do not have a good understanding of the industry. This lack of knowledge can cause confusion when people need to use the services offered by damage contractors. Before I hired a team of damage contractors, I didn't know the first thing about damage contractors. Thankfully, the blokes who came to repair my damaged home took the time to fully explain their role and the work they would be carrying out. Over a couple of weeks when the team were working on the job, they also gave me lots of top tips and advice

A Complete Guide To The Management of Demolition Waste


Do you have an ongoing demolition project? You may be worried about how to dispose of the demolition waste. Read the information below for some few tips to help you with demolition waste management. 

Sorting Out the Waste

Remove any items inside the structure before demolitions commence. For instance, if you are demolishing a residential house, remove any furniture, electronics and internal fittings. You can reuse most of these items. If you do not have any use for them, donate them to a charity, gift them to friends or sell them at an auction.

Dangerous Materials

Inspect the structure for hazardous materials such as asbestos. Asbestos is mainly found in older homes that were constructed before the asbestos ban. The material was used to make corrugated roofing sheets and the flat sheets used in walls and floors. 

In Australia, homeowners are allowed to remove less than 10 square metres of non-friable asbestos. However, you should always consider hiring a licenced asbestos abatement company to remove any asbestos. The removalists will observe maximum safety to ensure the asbestos is not released into the environment. Additionally, they will dispose of the asbestos at an appropriate landfill. 

Demolition Waste Recycling

Once you pull down the structure, sort out the waste into wood, metals and concrete. Metals such as steel bars and sheets can be sold as scrap metal and melted to form new products. Bricks and concrete can be crushed and used as aggregate for pavement and driveways. You can use wood as fuel for your barbecue or fireplace. Alternatively, you could use it to construct structures such as decks, sheds and gazebos on the property. Hardwood timber can be resold, since it has a good market value. 

The waste could also be delivered to a facility that provides demolition material recycling services. Here, the waste is processed into different products. For instance, recovered asphalt can be sorted and used in new mixes, while drywall can be used to make cement or new drywall. On the other hand, plastics can be sorted and recyclable items such as PVC can be moulded into new products.  

Disposing of Demolition Waste

If you cannot find a demolition waste recycling facility in your locality, transport the waste to a landfill that accepts demolition waste. If you hire a demolition contractor to conduct the demolitions, check the contract to ensure that the costs will cover the clearing and disposal of the debris. 

Managing demolitions waste should not be difficult with the above tips. A qualified demolitions contractor will advise you on the best method of handling the waste. 


17 September 2019