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Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste Management Guide

Residential construction, renovation and demolition activities generated over 58 million tons of debris in 1996. Most C & D debris was landfilled creating a burden to communities as well as unnecessary cost to contractors and ultimately homeowners. This guide will provide assistance to contractors striving to reduce the amount of waste produced at jobsites, reduce the cost associated with this waste, and efficiently handle the remaining waste in a environmentally sound manner. The first three sections cover background information on waste characteristics, management options and management costs to provide the contractor with a perspective from which to make waste management decisions. The remaining sections cover specific waste materials and the tools that will help the contractor reuse or recycle these wastes.


I . C&D Waste Characteristics
II. C&D Waste Management Options
III. Deconstruction
IV. Calculate Waste Reduction Potential
V. Waste Material Exchanges

VI. Recycling Equipment and Tax Incentives
VII. Gypsum Drywall & Wood Recycling

VIII. Asphalt Shingle Recycling
IX. All About Mercury In Buildings
X. Information Resources

Prepared by:
The Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center
Original Publication: 1999 Revision: 2002
Prepared with funding by:
The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center

       This guide is a public domain document and may not be copyrighted in any form. This material may be reproduced for educational purposes with reference given to The Peaks to Prairies Pollution Prevention Information Center.

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