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4 Common Ways to Recycle Used Shipping Containers

Used shipping containers, depending on quality can still be used as storage of products inside the warehouse or for other relevant uses such as for building houses and other living units. According to statistics, there are about 17 million shipping containers in the world today. The quantity of produced shipping containers is still on the raise today. With this, waste is accumulated but there are ways to recycle old shipping containers which are no longer used for shipping in order to help minimize waste. Here are some of the most common ways to recycle used shipping containers.

1. Houses and Hotels
One of the newest adapted trends today for construction firms is the utilization of used shipping containers into new houses and living structures. This is more economical and practical than building new houses made of bricks and other construction materials such as concrete and wood.

Aside from little and cozy houses, hotels can also be built using used shipping containers. Did you know that the first hotel made up of used shipping containers was first build in 2008 in Uxbridge, West London? According to the builders and developers of this hotel. They used 86 used shipping containers to build the hotel and the construction was 25% faster and 10% cheaper than the cost of building a new hotel made of traditional construction materials.

2. Offices and Retail Establishments
If you are familiar with the Seven Kilometer Market in Odessa, Ukraine, you will believe that there are so many ways to recycle used shipping containers. This market is purely made of shipping containers. Another example of a beautiful creation made out of used shipping containers is the Stuttgart shipping container skyscraper. .

3. Museums
The Nomadic Museum in Mexico City is a perfect example that testifies that used shipping containers can be recycled to build museums. The walls of the Nomadic Museums are made of used shipping containers.

4. Children’s Center
Children’s centers can be built from used shipping materials. An Example of this is the Fawood Children’s Center in London.

3 Responses to “4 Common Ways to Recycle Used Shipping Containers”

  • Omar Alcid:

    I like the idea of using containers for homes but have always wondered
    about their fire and electrical safety. I live in an area where rain and lightning occur everyday for 7 mos. in a year. How do you make the whole container not conduct electricity without coating the entire unit with materials that do not conduct electricity and costing me an arm and a leg?

  • Shally Pardo:

    It simply proves how creative people are – which is really great because it not only eliminate possible “waste” used shipping containers but they can turn it into a valuable shelter for various purposes.

  • ms:

    You can slap a door on a used shipping container and call it a house or an office, but it takes a tiny bit extra creativity to transform it into art. Shipping container sculptures show just how versatile this corrugated metal really is.

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