Having had some exposure to the building industry and modern building practises, it’s often occurred to me that there is a crazy amount of wastage. I was actually discussing this issue with an architect just yesterday and asked her if she was aware of any quantity surveyors who were more conscious of waste than most. The architect told me that the amount of waste on commercial jobs is huge.
As it happens, I was driving out to the island today and passed a tennis court complex. The courts were being refurbished and out the front was a big industrial bin full of what appeared to be rubbish. I drove past but then thought it was worth turning back as here were some big steel ladders that caught my eye.
The bin was full of sand and new synthetic grass scraps which was excess to the tennis court refurbishment. I asked one of the blokes working there if the stuff in the bin was rubbish and whether I could take some. He said, “sure, saves us dumping it”. He also brought over a big piece which was about 6 metres long by 6 metres wide and said I could take it. I’d actually just paid $6 each for bags of sand to lay some pavers on. How frustrating, here was literally tonnes of sand being dumped.
Anyway, I loaded the back of the ute full of synthetic grass pieces and put a roll on top. I definitely have a use for this. Those cardboard rolls could be useful for something, I’m just not sure what.
It’s easy to see how some people become hoarders. As much as I would love to take all those rolls for some project, I don’t want my place looking like a rubbish dump. Hopefully somebody takes them and puts them to good use.