Construction and Demolition Waste

Recycled aggregate at DFC used for road constructionGSA reduces waste by recycling or reusing material generated from construction and demolition projects. By reducing waste sent to a landfill, GSA reduces its impact on landfill space, while also reducing project costs. Examples of reusable materials are: aggregate, cardboard, carpeting, ceiling tiles, concrete, drywall, metal, shingles, are wood.

In the Rocky Mountain Region, a plumbing replacement project for the Denver Federal Center produced over 500 porcelain toilets slated for landfill disposal. GSA recycled them, along with  debris from the demolition of eight buildings and two concrete slabs, as aggregate. Savings totaled $37,125 - from the recycling of 75,000 tons of material that was used as backfill and road base material on-site. And the community benefited too - by avoiding the traffic and other impacts from the 319 semi-truckloads of material that would have been otherwise transported through their area.

Observance When
America Recycles Day November 15

Sustainability and Environmental Management Program
Objectives Reduce demolition waste to landfill
Reduce secondary waste to landfill
Recycle materials
Targets Review recycling and reuse options for all construction and demolition projects
"Divert at least 50 percent of non-hazardous construction and demolition materials and debris" [EO 13693 Sec. 3 (j)(iii)]

Federal, State, and Local Policy Regulations

Additional Resources

Region 8 State Recycling Associations

Procedures and Forms

File Name Format Size Date Revised
Construction and Demolition Procedure PDF 368KB 05/15/2012
Pre-Demolition Inspection Procedure PDF 319KB 05/22/2012

Confirm most recent version of Environmental Procedure with Robert Melvin at (303) 236-2743.

Last Reviewed 2015-11-20