Contractors and Recycling
This morning the contractor personally arrived to load his trailer with the construction debris from my job after he completed the building of the tub alcove and walkin closet.
I was thinking about the trash burning stove we've been discussing on this forum, and I wanted to tell him about it.
I thought he might have a shop where such a stove could provide the heat for no cost at all....since he probably has an endless supply of construction waste.
I'm very pleased that I did chat with him about it. It turns out that he is quite the avid recycler, because he told me how appalling it is to take stuff to the land fill and see what other contractors are dumping as waste. I knew he was taking a good while to sort and then stack materials up.
And he said he has contracts to have the salvageable waste picked up monthly and he has special dumpsters for it. Plastic, paperboard, metal, glass. And he has persuaded some businesses to change their waste disposal habits based on good business practices...fewer pickups for trash if it is properly sorted for recycling, he said, and made his case for reducing the impact on municipal land fills.
I knew all along that I liked this man. The way he dealt with my job, the knowledge he had about the code requirements, and how he explained things to me, all done in a respectful and pleasant manner...not promising me something he felt could not be delivered. Since I'm not a professional builder, naturally my expectations can get crossways of possibilities sometimes...but not often...and he managed to communicate well my needs to his subcontractors on this job. Nicely done.
I think folks like him are in a good spot to make a difference with some major abatement of waste. He is doing it for himself, because no one is riding herd on his practices. Way to go DeMouy! I will give him a good recommendation if anyone asks.