How to Maximise on Recycling Scrap Metal During Building Demolition

Demolishing a structure, whether residential or commercial, is no easy task. Demolition projects provide one of the best opportunities for scrap metal recycling. Many different buildings contain metal either as reinforcement or as a primary part of the building material. This means that you can recycle much of this metal for your future projects. The key to optimal recycling is proper planning and working with the right scrap metal company.

Here are tips on how you can get back the most metal after demolishing your structure.    

Proper planning is key

Planning is critical when bringing down any type of structure. If you don't have the necessary city permits, equipment or professional help, you may end up incurring high expenses. Even worse, you may end up causing injury to workers and passers-by. There are many different steps to planning for a successful demolition. Start by getting all necessary legal permits and consulting with contractors on how the process will take place.

If you're looking to recycle as much metal as you can, you'll need the professional expertise of a scrap metal contractor. They will consult your demolition crew to determine how reinforcements, fixtures and other metal-containing components can be extracted with care. When recycling aluminium, stainless steel and other metals, you should ideally aim for minimal warping and breakage during the process. This will make it easier for recyclers to sort through the rubble and reuse as much material as possible.    

Develop recycling workflows

You should also have specific processes that the demolition crew will use to handle metal components. This can be as simple as placing all metallic parts in one area, or as complex as using magnetic tools to separate steel fixtures during demolition. Your contractor may recommend the workflow to use, or you may be involved in planning for a preferred process. Consider the cost of such workflows versus how much metal you'll actually be able to recycle.   

Take advantage of technology

Speaking of magnetic tools, technology will play a critical role in the success of your metal recycling project. Rather than estimating how much you can recover, estimating software can be used to map out your demolition project. For example, you can use the building's blueprints to develop targets for how much metal is available for recycling. You can also develop effective workflows that involve the demotion crew and scrap metal company workers. In this way, you can reduce conflicting processes while improving communication across various teams.

For more information, contact a scrap metal recycling company.