Resources by Material Type
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Asphalt and Concrete
Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association is an organization of businesses involved in asphalt recovery, primarily from road paving projects.
ConcreteRecycling.org is a website hosted by the Construction Materials Recycling Association and presents information and case studies on concrete recycling.
Recycled Materials Resource Center is a national center created in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to promote the wise use of recycled materials (pavements, secondary, waste, byproduct materials) in the highway environment.
ShingleRecycling.org is an online resource for those interested in recycling asphalt shingles. Developed through a grant from EPA Region 5, the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA), with technical support from the University of Florida, provides extensive information on asphalt shingle recycling, including research results, market data, regulatory information, and additional links.
Gypsum Wallboard (drywall)
The Gypsum Association offers brief guidance on ground drywall land application.
WasteCap Wisconsins website provides numerous studies and resources related to gypsum recycling.
The Steel Recycling Institute , an industry association, provides information about recycling and buying recycled steel building products.
USDA Forest Products Laboratory conducts research on the recycling of wood and other forest products:
- Recovering Wood for Reuse and Recycling: A United States Perspective (PDF) (13 pp, 224K)
- Wood-Framed Building Deconstruction: A Source of Lumber for Construction (PDF) (8 pp, 157K)
- Forest Products Laboratory (PDF) (13 pp, 156K) overview including recycling of wood waste
- The Properties of Lumber and Timber Recycled From Deconstructed Buildings (PDF) (4 pp, 96K)
- Considerations in Recycling of Wood-Plastic Composites (PDF) (9 pp, 81K)
Directory of Wood-Framed Building Deconstruction and Reused Building Materials Companies (2005) (PDF) (117 pp, 919K) Developed by the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, this directory provides information on companies involved in wood-framed building deconstruction, dismantling, and utilization of reused building materials, with an emphasis on those that use, resell, and/or re-manufacture salvaged wood. The majority of companies listed are those that either salvage or sell building materials.
CCAResearch.org , a Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste website, provides research findings from studies of chromated copper arsenate (CCA) treated wood.
The American Plastic Councils Vinyl Siding Recycling: A How-To Guide provides information on finding markets for recycled vinyl siding, setting up collection systems, developing a quality control program, and developing a processing line.
Under EPAs Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG), Federal agencies are required to purchase items containing recovered materials. EPA is considering a proposal for nylon carpet and nylon carpet containing recovered content backing in the next CPG. Polyester carpet is already one of the 54 items listed in the CPG. The recommended recovered material content for polyester face fiber is listed as 25 to 100 percent PET resin (from recycled plastic beverage bottles).
Carpet and Padding: Reuse and Recycling Opportunities (PDF) (2 pp, 301K), produced by National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center, provides an overview of carpet and padding recycling for retailers, installers, solid waste planners, recyclers, and consumers.
The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) provides the general public and professionals with information about lead hazards and their prevention.
For information on lead-based paint removal from residences, see the Lead-Based Paint Rule promulgated by EPA. Additional information is also available:
- Proposed Rule: Lead; Management and Disposal of Lead-Based Paint Debris (PDF) (45 pp, 425 K), 63 FR 70190-70233, December 18, 1998.
- Summary of Comments (PDF) (86 pp, 348K) on the Management and Disposal of Lead-Based Paint Debris; Proposed Rule, and the Temporary Suspension of Toxicity Characteristic Rule for Specified Lead-Based Paint Debris; Proposed Rule; September 1999.
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has initiated the Partners for Waste Paint Solutions Program. , which offers consumers the opportunity to deliver unwanted paint to local participating paint retailers where it will be reformulated or remixed for reuse.
Waste Paint Recycling Program was developed by the Saskatchewan Environment Agency, Environmental Protection Branch, in Canada.