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   Recycling Construction Debris

 
What is Considered Construction Debris?
Facts & Figures

Benefits of a Construction Debris Diversion Program

 

What is consider Construction Debris

Commonly known as C&D debris, this material is produced during the construction, renovation, or demolition of structures.  Structures include buildings of all types (both residential and nonresidential) as well as roads and bridges.  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.

 

Facts & Figures

With  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 environmental implications.

To the 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.

In 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.

 

Benefits of a Construction Debris Diversion Program

  Avoid 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. 

 Save 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 projects.

Improve 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.

 Make 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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