How to Improve Your Construction Projects by Managing Your Construction Debris Disposal Better

Let’s talk trash!

Every construction site produces trash. Construction debris is an unavoidable part of the construction business. On projects where the scope of work involves demolition there is a lot of construction debris that is generated. But even on new construction projects the amount of debris that is generated is significant. Packing from products and construction waste needs to be disposed of.

Contractors are responsible for construction debris disposal. It is part of the job. Attempting to avoid it can impact the profitability of the job and the long-term profitability of the company.

The way that contractors handle the trash on the job can have a significant impact on the job performance as well as in how they are perceived by the client. How your company handles its debris and trash can have an impact on the long-term success of the business.

Let’s look at 3 reasons why being proactive in dealing with construction debris disposal can impact the performance of your projects and your company.

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Construction Debris Affects Project Safety

Have you ever been on a messy construction project site? Are your sites more on the disorganized side of the scale?

Project sites that are a mess present safety issues. The safety risk not only affects the employees working on the project site but also the client and the general public. These risks include tripping hazards as well as debris blowing around on high wind days.

Operating a safe construction site costs money. But the cost of injuries and damage to property that can occur by not being safe far outweigh the cost of operating a safe construction site. Failing to handle construction debris disposal in a professional manner will impact the safe operations of your construction site and leave your company open to potential loss.

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Construction Debris Affects Employee Efficiency

What is the condition of the kitchen counter in your house? When you wake up in the morning and get ready to leave for work is the counter in order? Or are you frustrated because you cannot find your keys amongst the piles of mail and other items left there from the day before?

Clutter leads to inefficiency. And inefficiency leads to a breakdown in operations. Think about this for a moment. Have you been in a position where you are looking for a tool or piece of equipment but found yourself cleaning up instead?

It is a frustrating feeling when you go to look for one tool but instead have to clean up a mess left from someone else. This happens each and every day on construction sites. Failing to handle construction debris disposal impacts the performance of construction workers, crews and companies each and every day.

The best solution is to handle the construction debris as it is generated. Train your employees to address construction debris each and every day and not let it pile up.

Improving employee efficiency is a key step to improving overall company profitability.

Construction Debris Affects Customer Satisfaction

How is the quality of your product or service judged by your customers? Is it just on the quality of the finished product? Or is it in part on the experience of having your company at their home or business?

Customers want good quality products and services at a competitive price. Every company has to deliver at these standards at a minimum in order to stay in business. But what is the competitive edge that gets your customer to call you back in the future when they need your service again?

Construction debris disposal and handling is a major component of your customer’s experience. Leave the customer’s home or business a mess and chances are you will not be getting the phone call back for the next project.

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In Closing …

Customers make their buying decisions based on their experiences with your company. If they have never used your services before, they will ask for references. These references take the place of their first hand use of your service. They adopt the experiences of others in order to make their buying decisions.

Employees make their decisions on who they will work for or who they will continue to work for based on their experiences as well. If they have never worked for your company they will most likely look to find out more about you and what the environment is like at your business. If others like working for you, chances are they will tell their friends and bring employees into your business.

How your company deals with construction debris disposal is an important part of how your company is perceived in the market. If you company handles construction debris in a professional manner that will improve your perception in the eyes of your customers and future employees. Mishandling construction debris and leaving projects sites a mess during and after construction will only lead to disgruntled customers and employees. You may have delivered  your project, but if the project is left a mess afterwards you will find it harder to retain that customer.

In today’s competitive marketplace it is no longer acceptable to just meet customer expectations. You have to exceed their expectations in order to get the call back for the next project. Just meeting expectations makes you average. And average does not make a lasting impression. Average may not even get you a call for the next project. Look to exceed customer expectations. Handling construction debris disposal in a professional manner will help you exceed customer expectations.