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Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Construction and Demolition Debris

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Lifecycle Challenge Competition Seeks New Ideas to Reduce Construction and Demolition Debris

Results of the Lifecycle Building Challenge: Designing this building, and the next ...

The Lifecycle Building Challenge is a national competition for students and professionals seeking innovative green building ideas, policies, tools, and designs that will promote building material reuse. Entries are sought from students and professionals, and the three winning student entries will receive $2,500 cash awards. Project partners are the U.S. EPA, Building Materials Reuse Association, American Institute of Architects, and West Coast Green.

Disposing of construction and demolition (C&D) debris misuses valuable resources and shortens the life of landfills. Alternatives to C&D debris disposal can save money in avoided disposal fees and potentially generate income from the sales of salvageable materials.

EPA defines C&D debris as waste material that is produced in the process of construction, renovation, or demolition of structures.

  • Structures include buildings of all types (both residential and nonresidential), as well as roads and bridges.
  • Components of C&D debris typically include concrete, asphalt, wood, metals, gypsum wallboard, and roofing.

Land clearing debris, such as stumps, rocks, and dirt, are also included in some state definitions of C&D debris. For more information on specific state regulations for C&D debris, see Region 9 State Links.

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For more information on C&D debris management in Region 9, contact:

Timonie Hood, hood.timonie@epa.gov
U.S. EPA Region 9, Solid Waste Program
75 Hawthorne Street
San Francisco, California 94105
Phone: (415) 972-3282
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