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Common Construction Materials that Can Be Recycled

Last updated 4 years ago

Construction materials comprise about 20 percent of landfill waste, but as much as 90 percent of it can be recycled. Take a look below to find out some common construction recyclable byproducts and how a reliable waste management company can help you control costs while staying sustainable:

Bulk Byproducts

Some items such as cardboard boxes and plastic wrapping are fairly obvious recyclables, but excess brick, shingles, and even doors and windows can also be recycled. Some dumpster rental companies even offer to sort and separate different recyclables—a process called “diversion”—saving you time and money without impairing your sustainability goals. You also won’t have to worry about violating any local or jurisdictional recycling laws.

Home Construction Debris

From the concrete foundation to the walls and even the shingles themselves, most home construction materials are recyclable. If time allows, contractors should take time to remove any and all cabinets, windows, doors, and electrical and plumbing fixtures before beginning major work. According to the WBDG, wood makes up nearly one third of construction waste, with concrete chips and other aggregate making up another 20%. Thanks to refinements in the concrete recycling process, over 140 million tons of concrete are recycled in the U.S. annually.

Plastics and Steel

It’s true that most kinds of paints are not recyclable, but latex-based paints and the cans themselves can be recycled. If you don’t relish the thought of drying and cleaning out paint cans to recycle, you can still recycle virtually every kind of plastic material around the job site.

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