O’Neill Builders is committed to minimizing the impact of building and remodeling your home in many ways. A major way to reduce impacts of remodeling and building your home is to recycle everything possible on-site. In addition, O’Neill Builders has a "No Dumpster" policy, significantly reducing cost and waste.


  1. We urge all customers to integrate dimensional lumber and sheet good sizes into the design of their home. This drastically reduces waste and material costs. Clean burnable material is sent to the McNeil generating facility in Burlington.
  2. All cardboard, scrap metal and sheetrock is sorted and recycled. Sheetrock scraps are recycled into new sheetrock.
  3. Foam packing materials is used to help insulate the attic and crawl spaces.
  4. We always salvage and reuse whatever possible - remaining material considered waste is evaluated for distribution to local salvage yards like Recycle North.
  5. All sub-contractors are required to follow the same guidelines while working with O’Neill Builders.



The typical construction of a 2000 square foot home creates 8000 pounds of trash & landfill waste with disposal fees in excess of $500. The average 1600 square foot home built by O’Neill Builders creates only 600 pounds of waste going to a landfill at a cost of around $60. This is a massive 93% reduction!

Cost | A recent NAHB survey reported that a typical builder pays $511 per house for construction waste disposal of a typical 2000 square foot home. Your disposal costs may rise as old landfills close and new ones become more difficult to site and more costly to design and operate.

Efficiency | If materials are wasted on your job site, you pay twice. Once at purchase and then again when the usable material is hauled off for disposal. Knowing what materials end up in your dumpster can tell you a lot about how efficiently your crews and subcontractors are using materials that affect your bottom line.

MATERIAL WEIGHT (lbs) VOLUME (cubic yards)
Solin Sawn Wood 1600 6
Engineered Wood 1400 5
Drywall 2000 5
Cardboard (OCC) 600 20
Metals 150 1
Vinyl (PVC) 150 1
Masonry 1000 1
Hazardous Materials 50 -
Other 1050 11
TOTAL 8000* lbs 50* cubic yards

*To give you an idea of the quantity and volume of this waste imagine two full size SUV's being hauled off and put in a landfill. This is per house! comments comment For more detailed information on building construction waste click here (external link) back to top