Construction and Demolition Waste

Whenever possible, please bring construction and demolition (C&D) waste to Ryley landfill for recycling rather than placing it in the community bins, where it ends up in the landfill. C&D waste includes:

  • Concrete
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Bricks
  • Shingles

Reducing construction and demolition (C & D) waste can open up opportunities to cut costs and improve building quality. Consider some of these ideas and you could divert up 75 percent of your construction and demolition debris.

Here are some ways to reduce waste and cut materials and energy costs:

  • Design buildings with efficient floor plans and with wall dimensions that match standard lumber sizes.
  • Build with a framing plan that details material takeoffs along with a cut list for all framing and sheathing material.
  • Ask your contractor about advanced framing techniques that let you maintain strength and improve performance while saving on materials and can save on labor costs as well.

Low-Waste Materials

  • Choose finished materials that do not require on-site finishing.
  • Pre-cut or pre-assembled components can reduce lumber use by 25% and overall construction costs by 15% due to labor savings. These include pre-cut (I-joist) or pre-manufactured (truss) floor and roof framing, panellized wall framing and/or roof systems, or even modular construction for the whole building. Resource-efficient materials like engineered lumber and structural insulated panels perform better than the traditional alternatives.
  • Recycled-content materials includes plastic lumber for decking, latex paint, concrete made with fly ash and recycled aggregate base, carpet, drywall, insulation, ceramic tile, pavement, roofing materials, and more.
  • Avoid toxic materials.
  • Consider a frost-protected shallow foundation, where appropriate.

Waste Management Plan

Your waste management plan should list the different waste streams, set goals for recycling and reuse, and outline the materials handling, onsite management, and transportation. Then research the potential for recycling, reuse or return to manufacturer.

  • Include: cardboard, paper, and packaging; clean dimensional wood and palette wood; beverage containers; land-clearing debris; bricks; concrete; concrete masonry units; asphalt; metal from banding, stud trim, ductwork, piping, rebar, roofing, and other trim; drywall; carpeting and pad; paint; asphalt roofing shingles; rigid foam; glass; and plastic.
  • Distribute the plan to the whole team (developer, architect, job supervisor, subcontractor, and construction manager) and post it onsite. Schedule meetings to discuss progress and problems.

Construction Site Waste Reduction

  • Cut-piles facilitate reuse of wood, drywall, siding, pipe, and other scrap. Create a central, open, clean space to store sorted scrap, then make sure it stays dry.
  • Recycle unusable scrap. Set up bins onsite and bring in a grinder to reduce transportation costs. Contract with a recycler for wood, cardboard, metals, drywall, plastics, asphalt roofing shingles, concrete, block, packaging, etc.
  • Minimize generation of hazardous wastes like used motor oil, solvents, and paint. Develop procedures for separation, handling, and proper disposal.
  • Eliminate packaging that will only become your waste. Inquire about reduced packaging, recycled and/or recyclable packaging, and manufacturers or distributors who take back packaging.
  • Timely delivery and storage of appropriate amounts of materials will help prevent theft and damage.

If you have further questions, please give us a call at 780-663-2038.