Refuse and Recycling

By Ken Thomson

Facility Builders & Erectors

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When it comes to refuse and recycling facilities, the role of an experienced industrial contractor is critical to the overall project success, including long-term usability of the space. Ensuring that your project has the right industrial contractor with the appropriate level of experience will provide value, both during the project delivery and in the finished facility. Processing garbage and recyclable material can vary significantly from facility to facility. Local environmental and jurisdictional criteria can require specific solutions to address a range of issues from recycling levels, processing goals such as air and traffic quality. Because of this, it is imperative to work with a contractor who has the knowledge, experience, and an understanding of these elements as well as the construction space.

As a business owner, you don't want to (and frankly, don't have the time to) spend countless hours understanding building codes, environmental impact issues, and zoning laws as well as submitting permits and so on. The right contractor will have the skills, contacts, and experience that your project needs to deliver on that and more. In turn, saving you time and money in the long run as well as increasing the efficiency of your facility.

There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that you've got the right contractor for your industrial refuse & recycling project. Find a partner that:

• Understands and has experience building waste and recyclable material operations
• Maintains knowledge of the rapidly changing dynamics of the refuse & recycling market, especially in an industry whose ultimate objective is to achieve zero waste.
• Delivers experience-based, value-driven-design decisions.
• Identifies obstacles before a project is actually built with the goal of reducing or preventing errors, delays, and budget issues.
• Plans for the future. Facilities that process garbage and recyclable material, by nature, are high-use-and-abuse properties. Identifying building solutions during the build that help persevere the integrity of the building throughout the life of the facility is important.
• Contributes to the team in order to deliver a seamlessly functioning facility. It definitely takes a team of designers, specialty engineers and subcontractors to bring a project to reality.

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There are things that you can do to ensure a successful partnership with your industrial contractor:

1. Establish project parameters: This means, ensuring your vision, as well as the goals, priorities, timelines, budget, and other parameters are communicated clearly.
2. Communicate expectations: It will be important for yourself and the contractor to understand your expectations. Be sure to outline what you need and expect regarding their reliability, quality of work, experience level, and industry expertise. Working with a contractor who has experience in the refuse & recycling space is as important as outlining your budget. Ensure that they've worked on or know how to manage a project that is of similar scope and scale.
3. Understand working styles: You will want to get a general feel for the potential relationship you will have with your selected contractor. Like any business, the culture of the organization, communication styles, and different personalities play a part in the overall feeling of success your project will have upon execution. Given the investment of time, energy, and money that goes into building a refuse and recycling facility, it is critical to ensure that you are compatible with your contractor on multiple levels.
4. Base decisions on more than price: While it's important to consider finances when making decisions about your facility and its contractor, moving forward with the lowest bid doesn't always mean your project will be successful. Ensure you feel comfortable in the areas above - as well as monetarily - before selecting your builder. This will help ensure you have the optimum level of comfort and that you receive quality construction for the money you are investing in your project.

One valuable way to look at the relationship with your contractor is such that the contractor you select is essentially your business partner for the duration of the project. In some situations, they can be involved well after the project has completed - depending upon the maintenance plan and or building warranties that they provide. Be sure to ask for references, take a look at previous facilities that they have built, and do your research online (look at reviews, look at their website and so on).

Let Us Put Our Experience and Expertise to Work for You and Your Facility!

Facility Builders & Erectors, Inc. (FB&E) is an industrial contractor well versed in building facilities for recycling and processing of refuse. We are familiar with a variety equipment needs, and plant layouts, material flows, traffic patterns, and space needs through our over 25 years of industrial construction experience. Projects including waste facilities, public works operations yards, truck maintenance facilities, fleet fueling (CNG, diesel) sites, material processing, manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, and aviation where large clear span buildings are key to functionality.

Because of our strengths in construction management, Design/Build and Team Build, FB&E is the right industrial contractor to take care of your project. From concept to delivery, we keep track of everything and maintain a transparent and constant flow of communication with the owner and design teams. Our experience in working with municipalities positions us well to handle all the zoning, permitting, and environmental concerns that go hand-in-hand with managing refuse and recycled materials. Facility Builders & Erectors Inc. (FB&E) is here to support your project!

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Published on January 06, 2021 | Comments: 0

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