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Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials

C&D debris associated with construction and demolition of buildings is usually disposed of in landfills. However, available landfill space is becoming increasingly limited in most of the northeast, and most waste-to-energy facilities do not want this material. In addition, some states in the northeast have disposal bans that prohibit the disposal of some of this material, including Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont. NEWMOA’s 2009 report estimated that approximately 10 percent of architectural C&D debris generation was recovered for an end use outside of a landfill in 2006. There is significant potential to increase recovery and reuse of most C&D materials.

NEWMOA and the Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) jointly support a C&D Materials Workgroup that meets regularly to discuss challenging issues with C&D materials management, conducts virtual training events, and publishes reports and other information resources.

The following provides links to useful resources to help inform programs and strategies for increasing recycling of C&D materials in the northeast.


Best Management Practices, Guides, & Fact Sheets:

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