February 16, 2001
CONSTRUCTION WASTE RECYCLING
Numerous programs are currently recycling construction waste, including:
Portland, Oregon; West Valley City, Utah; San Francisco, California; Des Moines, Iowa; and
Ruckersville, Virginia. Diversion of waste from landfills varies, but all of these
programs claim success in separating and reusing resources that were previously buried in
the ground. Click here for descriptions of these
Recycling Program Links:
- Construction and Demolition
"Disposal of construction and demolition (C&D) debris wastes
resources and shortens the life of landfills. In 1990, 46 of California's
530 jurisdictions reported C&D tonnage as a separate category in
the solid waste stream. Their reported figures ranged from 0 to 55%,
and averaged to 28%. The Board identified C&D debris waste as a
priority program in its market development plan - Meeting the 50
Percent Challenge: Market Development Strategies Through the Year 2000.
Reduction of C&D materials to landfill disposal will help
meet California's mandated diversion goal of 50% by 2000. "
- - http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/ConDemo/
- Green Institute Home Page
"Welcome to The Green Institute The Green Institute is a nonprofit
economic development organization focused on sustainable enterprise.
Incorporated in 1993, the Institute originated from an environmental
justice movement against the siting of a large garbage transfer station
in a residential area of the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis."
- - http://www.greeninstitute.org/
- Clean Washington Center Online
"The Clean Washington Center (CWC) was established by the Washington
State Legislature in 1991 as the primary state organization to develop
markets for recycled materials. Since that time, CWC has worked in partnership
with business, industry, and local government to increase the manufacturing
capacity for materials recovered from the waste stream, thereby conserving
our natural resources, lowering solid waste costs and strengthening
the local economy."
- - http://www.cwc.org/about.htm
- Natural Life Magazine
#41 - Reusing, Recycling and Revitalizing
"Reuse and recycling programs are spurring community economic development
across North America. Preventing plastic bottles, castoff coffee tables,
scrap lumber and old clothing from finding their final resting place
in a landfill or incinerator is reward enough by some standards. But
some reuse and recycling companies have moved a step further. Coupling
environmental benefits with job creation and community involvement,
they are able to play a vital role in shaping the local economy."
- - http://www.life.ca/nl/41/reuse.html
- Rebuilding Center
"We are a non-profit used building materials outlet in Portland,
Oregon. We function like a thrift store, except we only carry building
and remodeling materials. Only five minutes from the county's waste
transfer station, we divert a large quantity of reusable building and
remodeling materials from Portland's waste stream. We also provide
low-cost building and remodeling materials to all members of our community
out our retail outlet store. Materials are provided free of charge to
non-profits specializing in low-income housing development."
- - http://www.rebuildingcenter.com/
- The Loading Dock
- "The Loading Dock, Inc. (TLD) is the first successful, self-sufficient,
nonprofit recycler of reusable building material in the nation. TLD
began in 1984 as a grassroots answer to a deficit in resources for low
income housing rehabilitation and development. Establishing a nonprofit
clearinghouse for usable surplus building material was motivated by
the poor housing conditions in Baltimore's low income communities. The
founders of TLD saw the need to match excess building material waste
with a large number of low income people in need of low cost building
material for new or improved housing."
- - http://www.loadingdock.org./
Regional Resource Directory
"Yellowstone Region Greening Resource Directory for Montana, Wyoming,
Idaho, and Utah."
- - http://www.greendesign.net/resdir/ystone/index.htm