what are the different types of construction and demolition waste

What Are the Different Types of Construction and Demolition Waste?

Construction and demolition sites have large amounts of waste. Not all of this waste is the same, however. It is important to know the difference between the waste so you can find the proper way to dispose of it. Keep reading to learn more about the differences between construction and demolition waste.

Asbestos-Containing Materials

Asbestos was for a lot of construction projects in the past. A lot of demolition sites have waste that contains asbestos materials. Since asbestos can get into the lungs and lead to serious health issues, it is very important to properly dispose of these contaminated materials.

Mercury-Containing Light Bulbs or Lamps

Light bulbs and lamps with mercury inside can be considered toxic. They do not have to be disposed of in a special way if you treat them as universal waste, however. Use caution when handling these materials so you do not accidentally cause a mercury leak.


Construction and demolition sites often have large amounts of paint waste. Waste or expired paint, varnish, solvents, sealers, thinners, resins, roofing cement, adhesives, machinery lubricants, and caulk can all be ignitable. Without the proper disposal, these paint products can lead to serious and dangerous issues.

Shop Towels or Rags

Shop towels and rags that are used on construction sites can easily be exposed to dangerous chemicals and waste. Because of this, it is very important to take these materials to an appropriate facility so they can be thoroughly washed and disinfected. They should also be stored far away from sources that can be ignited. Make sure to keep them away from other kinds of waste.

At Santa Rita Waste Systems, we have products and waste removal services that can help you dispose of construction and demolition materials safely. Whether you need some rolloff dumpsters or portable facilities for your job sites, we can help. To learn more about our products and services in the Tucson area, call (520) 624-0550.