Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris
Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is defined by EPA as the waste material produced in the process of construction, renovation, or demolition of structures (both buildings and roads). In addition, it includes the materials generated as a result of natural disasters. Components of C&D debris include materials such as concrete, asphalt, wood, brick, metals, wallboard, and roofing shingles.
EPA Region 3 is working to increase the reuse and recycling of C&D materials. There are many ways to reduce the environmental impact of building projects, and at the same time, reduce project expenses. Alternatives to C&D debris disposal can save money in avoided disposal fees and potentially generate income from the sales of salvageable materials. In recent years, several deconstruction initiatives and materials reuse projects have been conducted in Region 3. For more information on these efforts, see Regional Initiatives.
In addition, many organizations provide information on reducing and recycling waste at construction and demolition sites. Materials exchange programs also facilitate the reuse of C&D materials by collecting reusable materials and distributing them for reuse in new construction projects, see http://macredo.org/directory.php and Related Links.For more specific information on state and local requirements and programs for C&D debris management, see EPA Region 3 State Links.
For more information on C&D debris management in Region 3, contact:
Solid Waste Specialist
EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-2029
Phone: (215) 814-3298