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Construction and Demolition Materials

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Construction and demolition (C&D) materials consist of the debris generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges. C&D materials often contain bulky, heavy materials, such as concrete, wood, metals, glass, and salvaged building components.

Reducing and recycling C&D materials conserves landfill space, reduces the environmental impact of producing new materials, creates jobs, and can reduce overall building project expenses through avoided purchase/disposal costs. Changing how we think about these materials will create a more sustainable future.

By identifying C&D materials as commodities that can be utilized in new building projects, thus avoiding the need to mine virgin materials, the effort to reduce and recycle C & D materials effectively employs EPA's Sustainable Materials Management approach.

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C&D Research and Funding

Green Buildings and C&D Materials

Disaster Debris

Reducing C&D Materials

What You Can Do: C&D


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