The Construction Materials Recycling Association estimates that 600 million to 700 million tons of construction and demolition waste are dumped in U.S. landfills annually, compared to only about 300 million tons of municipal solid waste.
About 140 million tons of concrete are now recycled each year in the U.S., according to the Construction Materials Recycling Association.
Recycling gypsum drywall is another growing area of construction materials recycling, Turley said.
Local contractor Jeramy Goehman is completing work on a 3,600-square-foot facility in the Cape Girardeau Industrial Park to house his company, Renewable Resources, which will open this fall to recycle both gypsum drywall and asphalt shingles.
The recycled shingles will be used in road paving and the reclaimed gypsum will be processed into a fine powder sold in bulk as a soil supplement used by local farmers and gardeners.