Reuse materials and equipment (and facilitate future re-use)
9.2 Reuse materials and equipment (and facilitate future re-use)
Reuse is the efficient use of waste products without the need for further processing.
Refurbishment is the best example of the reuse of a building.
Examples of possible reuse in terms of construction and demolition waste include the following building items:
- Whole timber components such as floorboards, rafters and doors.
- Construction materials which have been unused such as bricks, timber, plasterboard, metal and plastic components.
- Bricks (the use of hydraulic lime mortars in buildings and walls built before the 1940s means that these bricks can be easily reclaimed.)
- Tiles, slates (although damage to the slates is possible) and copings.
- Antique articles such as fireplaces and wooden beams, floorboards and sanitation ware. (Approximately 1500 enterprises within the UK currently specialise in architectural salvage.)
- Steel girders if removed with care may be reused or the steel can be recycled.
- Sanitary ware and other components.
- Unwanted furniture and fixings can either be reused in-house or given to charities which collect and redistribute these items for reuse.
Useful links for guidance are;-