January 10, 2013
Additional thoughts on Steps Toward Zero Waste for Contractors and Builders from Chip Foley with the Steel Recycling Institute.
Use of steel studs and beams in the building of an average home—as opposed to wood—results on average of about a bushel basket of steel cut ends, cut-outs and other scrap. Steel scrap is easily recycled and can often be sold to the local scrap dealer. In contrast, building with wood studs and beams can generate up to a dumpster full of waste, which may have limited recyclability, depending on local markets.