Saturday, April 21, 2018

Circle J Roll-Offs Construction Waste Types

Mobile Alabama

Montgomery Alabama


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Construction Waste General Information

Recyclable Waste

  • Most wood waste is recyclable if it is unpainted, and untreated. Examples are unlaminated dimensional lumber, plywood, OSB and particle board.
  • Vinyl and metals also have good recycling value.

Hazardous Waste

  • For most builders, the largest share of waste that could be considered hazardous is generated from painting, sealing, staining and caulking.


  • Wood and drywall make up the bulk of the construction debris.
  • Cardboard waste is increasing because a significant portion of the windows, appliances, cabinets and siding, are now manufactured at a distant location and shipped to builders in protective packaging.
  • Brick, block and asphalt shingles generate a small portion of the waste, but are important because of their weight.


  • The "other" category is comprised of low volume debris such as plastic and shingles. This also accounts for trash placed in the dumpster by persons other than the builder. This can account for as much as 30% of the total debris to be hauled from the site.
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Approximate Types and Quantities of Construction Waste

Generated on the Average Job


Lbs. per Sq. Ft.

Wood * 1.3 - 2.1
Drywall 1.0 - 1.2
Cardboard** 0.1 - 0.5
Metals 0.02 - 0.13
Other (plastics, shingles, etc.) 0.5 - 1.3


3.0 - 5.2

*Depending on type of wall sheathing, trim, siding and roofing materials.
**Depends on siding type and if the windows, doors, and cabinets are manufactured locally.

Construction Waste by Volume

Type Percentage
wood 24%
drywall 11%
masonry 1%
cardboard 38%
metals 4%
other 22%

Construction Waste by Weight

Type Percentage
wood 42%
drywall 26%
masonry 11%
cardboard 4%
metals 2%
others 15%
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