About 70% of the more than 135 million tons of building-related construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated annually comes from demolition projects. A sizeable portion of this debris — estimated at 40% — is already being recycled by demolition contractors. However, the National Demolition Association (NDA) would like to see a substantial growth in that percentage. It is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take the critical step of developing a National C&D Recycling Policy.
Removing barriers to recycling
Currently, C&D waste is handled differently from state to state. Several of the larger states have posed a number of barriers that make it impractical and economically unattractive to participate in C&D recycling efforts. These include: