Recycling construction waste requires separating materials such as masonry, doors, windows, metal, and cardboard, that either can be re-used directly or sent to recycling sites to be remade into other products. Recycling construction debris minimizes the amount of materials that go to landfills and incinerators.
Most construction waste goes into landfills, increasing the risk of soil and water pollution. Recycling construction waste reduces the amount of waste that goes into landfills, thus reducing the potential for pollution. In addition, by using less-costly recycled construction materials, construction companies can lower their costs and pass the savings to their clients.
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Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Peabody Office Furniture (Project Story)
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish (Project Story on renovation)
- Nutter, McClennen & Fish (Project Story on reusable crates)
- BioMed Realty Trust
- Boston Properties, Inc.
- CB Richard Elllis
- Federal Reserve
- John Hancock/Manulife Financial
- Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Sheraton Hotel
- TD Garden
- The Chiofaro Company
Financing Options, Incentives, And Rebates
Directory of Recyclers by Type in Massachusetts
In The News
- “Construction Companies Cut Waste with DART” Environmental Leader, June 2015
- “E.P.A. Report Suggests Waste Reduction and Recycling Reduces CO2 Emissions” The New York Times, September 2009