Construction Waste: Where The Numbers Stand
With more innovative and updated construction equipment, construction workers are enabled to assemble buildings and infrastructure much faster than ever before. But with a faster rate of construction comes a higher accumulation of waste and industrial material. According to the EPA, approximately 569 million tons of waste were generated as a result of construction and demolition in 2017 alone. With excruciatingly high numbers like these, it’s evident that construction waste will only continue to grow. We take a look at the statistics of modern-day generated waste and what to expect in the future.
The Materials That Make Up Most Construction Waste
With construction waste being measured in tons, you may be wondering what exactly makes up all the waste. Some of the materials that are most commonly collected are insulation, nails, electrical wiring, shingles, rubble, asbestos, and much more.
In the United States, construction demolition accounts for 40% of the total waste average. These materials often come in heavy loads. As such, it can be hard for construction workers to limit the amount of waste they generate when the materials they need come in hefty quantities and weight.
Construction Waste’s Potential for The Future
According to a report from Transparency Market Research, the volume of construction generated worldwide is expected to double to 2.2 billion tons by the year 2025. When waste is delivered to the landfill, it is condensed as much as possible in order to take up less space. Additionally, some construction waste is distributed to be reused, especially if materials are fresh, even after being thrown out. Analysts estimate that the majority of this expected waste will be generated by companies in China and the United States. Many county officials across the U.S. are currently enforcing and enacting new regulations to prevent reaching such high quantities of waste.
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