Slightly more than half of the construction and demolition (C&D) debris generated in Portland ends up in the landfill. This means that more than 25 percent of Portland's landfill space is C&D debris. Half of this amount could have been reused or recycled. Keeping this debris out of the landfill (or better yet - not generating it in the first place) represents a significant opportunity to save money, reduce carbon emissions and preserve natural resources.
What can I do?
- Reduce waste - whether it is in the design phase of a project or on the construction site, making wise use of materials can save resources, time and money.
- Reuse materials (and even buildings) – Reusing materials and buildings supports historic preservation, conserves both energy and resources, and contributes to the local economy. Donating materials for reuse often does not cost a contractor anything and can result in tax-deductible receipts if donated to a nonprofit.
- Recycle debris – Many construction materials are recyclable. Recycling debris that cannot be reused means that fewer raw materials need to be extracted for the production of goods and energy. Additionally, recycling debris is often less expensive than disposing of the same materials.
How can I learn more?
For resources, tools and more information on how to manage construction and demolition debris you can visit Portland’s Construction Recycling Resource – RecyclingNutsAndBolts.com
New professional training for commercial general contractors and demolition contractors
BPS—along with SD Deacon, Metro, Portland Development Commission and Cascadia Green Building Council— is sponsoring a professional training on salvaging commercial construction debris on March 8, 2012. This unique class will put commercial contractors and leading salvage service providers in the same room for an in-depth discussion on the benefits and logistics of salvaging materials on the commercial jobsite. Earn four GBCI CE hours - LEED Green Associate and LEED AP.
Salvaging Commercial Construction Debris - March Training
Registration is required. Register Now!
Contact: For additional information on construction debris management please contact Shawn Wood, BPS, firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-823-5468.