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The reduction of waste and loss of construction material begins by specifying a budget to buy equipment needed to manage materials properly at a construction site.
The necessary equipment may involve tools to cover and protect fragile materials, strong standing areas for material storage area and site access, pallets to store formworks, scaffold fittings, drainage fittings, etc.
A successful construction manager, if equipped with the right tools, can reduce waste and loss of materials. Lousy management would lead to loss and waste of construction materials and eventually in economic loss. In summary, controlling materials and good site layout planning are essential to manage construction materials efficiently.
How to Reduce Waste and Loss of Materials at Construction Site?
1. Prepare Tools for Materials Management
Appropriate storage and handling of materials are keys to reduce waste and loss of construction materials. Several tools and machinery are required to store and handle materials. A list of necessary tools has been presented below. The list has no end and may vary from one project to another.
- Provide strong standing areas for site access and material storage areas.
- Prepare tools to protect and cover components from detrimental weather influences.
- Prepare storage area for materials to store frames, pipes, windows, formwork, scaffold fittings, drainage fittings, sheeting, etc.
- Handle materials with loaders or lifter on to the loading platforms.
- Tarpaulin sheets for covering plasterboards.
2. Prepare Construction Site
Prepare construction sites for the ingress of the material, before ordering materials, to avoid messy construction sites and consequently prevent waste and loss of materials.
3. Ordering Materials
The construction manager should practice utmost care to avoid over-ordering since it creates an untidy construction site, and may cause material loss.
Overordering the prevention of materials like insulation materials, faced or rubbed stonework, plasterboard linings, and cladding trims is a must. Overordering increases the expenses for the constructor because these materials demand a certain cost when it comes to delivering and disposing of.
4. Flexible Layout Plan
The flexibility of the layout plan is essential because different materials are brought to the site as the construction progress.
If the site layout is flexible, then it would have the capacity to accommodate the changes that are being made during the progression of construction work.
5. Separate Waste Materials from Site
The separation of waste materials from the construction site is common in major projects. Use skips to separate water materials form the project site. Sometimes, waste materials can be recycled. Go for recycling.
FAQs on How to Reduce Waste and Loss of Construction Materials at Construction Site
Provision of necessary tools for storing materials, preparing construction sites before ordering materials, planning flexible site layout, and separate waste materials from construction sites can reduce loss and waste of construction materials.
The waste and loss of materials lead to the increase expenses both when the materials are delivered and disposed.
The placement of waste materials into skips and containers and then recycling materials that can be recycled is a good practice to control wastes.
A well-planned site layout helps easy access to site and good storage for construction materials as the construction work progress. Good site layout avoids chaos and mistakes at construction sites which sometimes lead to the delay in construction work.