Steel Hoarding: Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling for Sustainable Construction

In the world of construction, steel hoarding has become a common sight, serving as a temporary barrier or enclosure on building sites. While these structures play a crucial role in ensuring safety and security, it’s essential to address their environmental impact. By adopting sustainable practices, we can minimise the ecological footprint of steel hoarding.

In this blog, we will explore effective uses on reducing, reusing, and recycling steel hoarding, paving the way for a greener and more responsible construction industry.

Reducing Steel Hoarding

Efficient Planning and Design

Efficient planning and design are paramount to reducing the amount of steel hoarding required on construction sites. By carefully assessing the project’s needs and incorporating security measures into the overall building design, we can minimise the need for additional hoarding – helping to save you money and be more sustainable.

Optimal Sizing and Placement

Optimising the size and placement of steel hoarding panels can significantly reduce material usage. By strategically positioning hoarding panels only where necessary and avoiding excessive overlaps, we can maximise the efficiency of steel hoarding and minimise waste.

At Rethync, the hoarding system we provide has an infill that compromises 1m wide metal hoarding panels that are overlapped within the system framework so that a continuous run of site hoarding of any length is possible without having posts or fittings to external view. We always try to avoid any excessive overlaps where possible.

Reusing Steel Hoarding

Temporary Site-to-Site Transfer

When construction projects are completed or reach specific milestones, steel hoarding can be disassembled carefully and transferred to other sites where it is needed. At Rethync we promote the reuse of hoarding materials within the construction industry, that’s why our steel hoarding has a 10-year lifespan. Our hoarding has multiple uses, with most of our customers finding cost savings on their second site use.

Recycling Steel Hoarding

Material Separation and Sorting

At the end of their useful life, steel hoarding panels can be sent to specialised recycling facilities. Proper separation and sorting of the materials ensure that steel can be efficiently recycled, minimising the environmental impact. Whether or not you own or have a buy-back scheme with your steel hoarding, it’s imperative to work closely with recycling facilities to understand their requirements and ensure effective recycling practices.

Steel is an Infinite Recyclable Source

Steel hoarding materials can be recycled and reintroduced into the manufacturing process, promoting a circular economy. Once our steel hoarding comes to the end of its 10-year lifespan, we recycle our steel hoarding so that it can find a new life as a different product.  All this contributes to a more sustainable industry.

Steel hoarding plays an integral role in ensuring safety and security on construction sites. However, it is crucial to address the environmental impact associated with its production, use, and disposal. By implementing strategies to reduce, reuse, and recycle steel hoarding, construction companies can contribute to a more sustainable future.

Through efficient planning, reuse initiatives, and responsible recycling (and working alongside Rethync!) the construction industry can minimise its ecological footprint, conserve resources, and protect the planet for future generations.

Let’s strive for greener and more responsible construction practices by embracing sustainable steel hoarding methods. Contact Rethync today for more information.

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