Recycling Construction Waste

After taking steps to prevent waste and salvage and reuse materials, the next step is to recycle as much of the remaining material as possible. Here are some tips for reducing construction waste through recycling:

Waste Management Plan

Create a plan that sets a waste reduction and recycling goal for your project and identifies strategies to reach that goal. Check out a sample waste management plan and other resources from King County, Washington. 

Recycle Construction and Demolition Materials

Recycle materials by separating them onsite and taking them to recycling facilities or commingling them and hauling them to a materials recovery facility.

Where to take materials to be reused or recycled

 Material     Description     Resource
Construction Materials Wood, concrete, metal, plastic and other materials Web tool for locations and lists of accepted materials 
Paint Latex paint More information
Electronics Oregon law requires recycling of television, computers, laptops and monitors. Lane County also offers free recycling of other electronics More information
Fluorescent lighting Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and linear fluorescent tubes (four foot maximum) More information
Asbestos Many building materials manufactured before 1987 contain asbestos How to dispose of asbestos properly