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General C&D Debris Information

C&D Debris Recycling
Wastes from new construction, renovation and demolition projects generates about 25% percent of solid waste volume. Much of that material ends up in landfills, which is a problem because:
  • some current landfills are reaching capacity and will close in the near future,
  • locating new landfills is a tough job and takes years to accomplish, and
  • costs of landfilling goes up each year.
Builders and demolition contractors can save money and help the environment by recycling various components of construction and demolition waste rather than disposing of this material. Tremendous opportunities exist for reusing and recycling C&D waste. For additional information, check below under Other Resources.


Other Resources
  • Recycling Directory
  • What is C&D? This table summarizes the type of waste, legal classification, and examples of C&D wastes. A formal definition for C&D waste does not exist in Connecticut. This results in some confusion because some of what is typically thought to be C&D waste, for instance landclearing debris and demo waste, is really bulky waste according to the legal definition. Furthermore, what is typically thought to be bulky waste, for instance furniture, carpeting, and large appliances, is really oversized municipal solid waste (MSW) according to legal definition. Despite the definitional differences, C&D waste are commonly handled together as bulky waste.
  • Green Building: Management of Residential Construction Waste for The Single Family Home Building Contractor Generalizations, Estimated Percentages, Calculating Amounts of Waste, How to Manage Residential Construction Waste.

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