Recycling for Construction and Demolition

Construction waste is a large part of the total waste stream in the United States. While most construction waste is sent to landfills, it is estimated that 90% of this material is reusable or recyclable. Recycling construction waste can help to preserve natural resources and save businesses and consumers money. Common construction items that have the potential for recycling include wood, carpet, paint, wallboard, metal, and plastic.

There are 3 methods that construction contractors can use to improve recycling:

  1. Collecting Mixed Materials – In this method, all materials for recycling are transported to a designated facility, which then arranges the sorting and recycling process.
  2. Separation at the Source – In this method, construction materials targeted for recycling are sorted from other items at the site by category (such as metal, wood, and concrete) and then transported to recycling facilities.
  3. Processing On-Site – In this method,  materials identified for recycling are processed on site and made ready for reuse.

The cost benefits that can result from construction recycling include: reduction in disposal and transportation costs, reduction in the need for new materials, and the potential for reduced labor costs.

WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Taking the time to effectively recycle C&D waste materials helps to save your company money while keeping materials out of landfills.