Recycling Construction Debris
is consider Construction Debris
known as C&D debris, this material is produced
during the construction, renovation, or demolition of
Structures include buildings of all types (both
residential and nonresidential) as well as roads and
Components of C&D debris typically include
asphalt, bricks, concrete (ABC) and other masonry
materials, soil, rock, wall coverings, drywall, plumbing
fixtures, insulation, roofing, shingles, plate glass,
metal, wood waste, carpet, and electrical wires.
in excess of $100 billion in new construction each year
in the United States, and $126 billion in renovations,
the recovery of materials from construction and
demolition (C&D) has important economic and
extent that the debris from construction and demolition
can be reused or recycled rather than thrown away,
demand for virgin resources is reduced, the embedded
energy in these materials is recaptured, and the need
for increasingly limited landfill space is reduced.
addition to these environmental benefits, C&D
recycling may also yield economic benefits by providing
an additional source of revenue for companies engaged in
construction and demolition.
of a Construction Debris Diversion Program
Trash Collection and Disposal Fees: The price for waste
disposal has skyrocketed over the past few years.
To avoid the high cost of disposal, a construction or
demolition company can reduce the amount of waste produced during
a project by reusing and recycling waste materials.
Resources and Money Through Deconstruction: Deconstruction
is an expression describing the process of selective dismantling
or removal of materials from buildings before or instead of
demolition. Reuse and
recycling examples include electrical and plumbing fixtures that
are reused, steel, copper, and lumber that are reused or recycled,
wood flooring that is remilled, and doors and windows that are
refinished for use in new construction.
Also, by donating reusable excess C&D debris, a
business not only helps to keep reusable material out of landfills
and incinerators, but can also help to reduce costs for future
Your Organizationís Public Image: By
using fewer resources and reducing the amount of waste sent to
landfills and incinerators, a company can enhance its image in the
community and with its customers.
New Products from Old Materials:
Six major constituents of C&D debris, including
concrete, asphalt, metals, and wood, and to a much lesser degree,
gypsum wallboard and asphalt shingles, have all been recovered and
processed into recycled content products and successfully marketed
in the United States.
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