Over 70% of Construction & Demolition Material is Recycled

April 2, 2015

More than 70 percent of the construction and demolition (C&D) material generated in the U.S. is recycled, according Dr. Timothy Townsend of the University of Florida, speaking at C&D World 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) in Nashville, Tenn.

He added that the area of landfill avoided by recycling this amount of C&D is annually equivalent to more than 440 acres at a waste depth of 50 ft.

Townsend added that C&D, which includes concrete, asphalt, wood, drywall, metals, asphalt shingles and other materials generated during road, bridge and building projects, is created at a rate of nearly 480 million tons per year, making it the largest individual waste stream in the country.

Townsend’s remarks were based on a C&D White Paper that his research team was commissioned to develop by the CDRA.