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Construction and Demolition Waste

Recycled aggregate at DFC used for road constructionFederal agencies can count on GSA to meet their space requirements. Construction and demolition are necessary aspects of GSA's public buildings business practices. These projects can generate a significant amount of material that may be recycled or reused. By reducing waste sent to a landfill, GSA reduces its impact on landfill space, while also reducing project costs. As an example:

  • Aggregate
  • Cardboard
  • Carpeting
  • Ceiling Tiles
  • Concrete
  • Drywall
  • Metal
  • Shingles
  • 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
Recycle or reuse 50% of all construction and demolition materials

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.


Marion Buntyn
(303) 236-1977

Robert Melvin
(303) 236-2743

Rocky Mountain Region Public Buildings Service
(303) 236-8000

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