In summary, the problem associated to the residential builder, is the same as the builder who uses the washout bags, washout trays and piles the concrete in a heap. They all have a degree of hidden costs associated with the handling of the concrete washout waste.
These range in degree of costs in the areas:
- Use of plastic
- Use of onsite plant
- Time for manual labour to clean up messes
- Extra tip fees
- Uncontained water runoff and possible pollution infringements
- Giving the recycler a plastic contaminated product to recycle
- Unnecessary carbon emitted
- Unsustainable practices while dealing with concrete waste
- Onsite safety
I ask you, is this because the builders view the concrete industry like it was in the 1930’s, or because they believe there is no other option on how to deal with this waste, or is it because builders just don’t notice all the hidden costs associated with this process?
I have on many occasions taken people through our cost comparison chart and they have agreed with the cost savings in using PumperDump, then continue to go back to the same old ways. Change is hard, I know because I also need to do it, but change is what drives improvement.
Even though the word “Sustainability” hasn’t been shouted until recently, the practices have always been there when improving site safety, the environment and the bottom line. Sustainability is now expanding the core areas and the responsibility along the chain is becoming more accountable.
The belief that the waste in the bin is someone else’s problem, is now coming back to the creator of the waste. Builders need to and are becoming more aware of their responsibility on running a building site.
Concrete pumping has never been scrutinised under a microscope, but if viewed through a sustainable lens, builders can reap large benefits over large projects when these practices are implemented.
If you are facing the same problems as theses other builders and are willing to look for a solution and a better way, give me the time to show you what we can offer.
My next post, what you have told us you need, to solve this problem.
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