Construction and Demolition (C&D) Debris Related Links
- Waste Reduction Resource Center
The Waste Reduction Resource Center (WRRC) is a nonprofit organization that provides technical pollution prevention information and training to businesses, consulting services, and universities in the southeastern U.S. The Web site contains information on pollution prevention in the construction industry including ways to effectively reduce and manage solid and hazardous waste produced in residential construction.
Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials
The Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Recycling and Economic Development Officials (MACREDO) provides recycling and reuse information for the residential construction industry in the mid-Atlantic states (Delaware, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia). The Web site offers background information on C&D waste including costs and economic considerations, as well as numerous case studies.
- Northeast Recycling Council
The Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) is a nonprofit organization which promotes source reduction, recycling, and the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services. The NERC Web site also provides information on materials exchanges in the Northeast , most of which accept used building materials.
Materials Exchange Programs
The Loading Dock, Inc. (TLD) is the nation's first successful, self-sustaining, nonprofit clearinghouse of reusable and surplus building materials. Located in Baltimore, Maryland, TLD works to increases the supply and use of affordable building materials for housing and community improvement by redirecting landfill-bound, reusable materials into productive use. Since 1984, TLD has saved low-income housing and community projects over $6.7 million and has rescued over 33,000 tons of building materials from landfills.
- Second Chance, Inc.
This architectural antiques and salvage company, located in Baltimore, Maryland, works with architects, builders and contractors to search out old buildings which are entering the demolition phase and rescues the wood, metal, marble, plaster, stone, and other architectural elements that can be reused.
Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this nonprofit organization accepts used and surplus building materials for resale. Items include kitchen cabinets, doors, lumber, windows, light fixtures, carpet, tile, shelving, insulation, and clean brick.
- Building Materials Exchange
This nonprofit organization in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a clearinghouse for surplus and salvageable building materials.
- Delaware Waste Exchange - The Reduction of Waste Disposal
The Delaware Waste Exchange was created to maximize recycling efforts in Delaware. Companies may list the waste materials that they generate and the waste exchange service will attempt to find a recycler that may eliminate that material from the waste stream. The Delaware Waste Exchange is easy to use, submit a quick listing and we go to work to connect potential recyclers. The Delaware Waste Exchange is a free service provided to business.
- Community Forklift
Located in Edmonston, MD, very close to Washington. DC, they accept used building materials for reuse. Donors can avoid dumping fees, and earn tax deductions. Part of their inventory comes from deconstruction, in which a building is carefully taken apart by skilled laborers instead of demolished. This creates jobs, and can cost less than traditional demolition. Construction careers are created through job training in deconstruction. The materials can be sold cheaply, so homeowners and small businesses can afford repairs – making neighborhoods cleaner and safer. They are also a resource for nonprofits, churches, and temples that fix up homes for the elderly or disadvantaged. Schools, artists, and theatre groups can buy low-cost art materials or props. Renovators can find antique trim to preserve historic buildings. Local governments receive less debris at landfills and incinerators, saving money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
For information on state and local requirements and programs for C&D debris management, see EPA Region 3 State Links.