Planning For The Management Of Demolition Wastes

In order to undertake demolition-related repairs on their own, homeowners must come up with a waste management plan for the intended activity.

In a large number of cases, such a plan needs to be approved by the authorities concerned before any demolition services can commence. Below are two things to remember when drafting a demolition waste management plan for residential DIY repairs.

Matters Of Procedure

A DIY-minded homeowner will be required to prove their understanding of what is involved in demolition waste management. A waste management plan should clearly explain the steps that a homeowner intends to take so as to ensure that the demolition exercise generates the least possible amount of waste. The plan should also include details on how the homeowner plans to re-use and/or recycle the waste that ends up being generated. In the event that demolition wastes cannot be recycled and/or re-used, homeowners should indicate the method(s) they intend to use in the disposal of such waste products.

Outlining the waste management procedures to be adopted will help to prove that the chosen processes provide the most efficient means of dealing with waste products of the demolition exercise.

Common demolition waste products (e.g. planks of wood, metal sheets, and disintegrated concrete) can be re-used. Broken pieces of timber and the sheets of metal can be used to build make-shift structures for the temporary of storage of waste products during the demolition exercise. They can also be used to build a bigger kennel for the seemingly "ever-pregnant" family dog.

Disintegrated concrete can be re-used when building the foundation(s) for new structures that will replace those that will have been demolished.

Alternatively, homeowners can choose to sell useful waste products to a general contractor who will re-use the products in upcoming or on-going projects on a different site.

Money Matters

DIY-minded homeowners will also need to prove that they have the financial capability to effectively manage demolition wastes. Thus, it is imperative for homeowners to ensure that their plan includes a detailed break-down of the financial implications of demolition waste management.

By providing a detailed budget for waste management alongside their financial records, homeowners are able to prove to the concerned authorities that the cost of demolition waste management is well within their means.

More importantly, financial details in the plan will help to prove the cost-effectiveness of the chosen waste management procedure, and to explain why the procedure was preferred over several others.