Going Green

C&D Recycling

Construction and Demolition (C&D) recycling is a rapidly growing industry in the US and Canada. Several factors are driving this growth, including:

  • The rising costs of placing waste in landfills
  • Tough new government regulations
  • Tax credits awarded to those who divert materials from landfills
  • The availability of new recycling equipment such as mobile crushing and screening
  • The population’s steadily growing concern for the environment
  • Growth in government projects that generate C&D debris
  • Increasing aftermarket value of recycled steel and lumber

The National Demolition Association (NDA), which represents more than 1,100 companies in the U.S. and Canada involved in the demolition process, is seeing current and future legislation that is having a tremendous impact on the demolition industry. Contractors are faced daily with the need to cost-effectively dispose of and/or recycle the waste generated during a demolition project.

A survey by Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc, a solid waste management consulting firm, indicated that demolition providers reuse or recycle approximately 75% of the more than 115 million tons of demolition materials estimated to be generated annually. The study, commissioned by the National Demolition Association (NDA) went on to say that many of the contractors routinely recycle over 90% of their debris.

The study delineated the top reasons demolition companies recycled:
  • It is required by law
  • It is specifically required in many demolition contracts
  • There are now more readily available markets for the recyclables
 

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