Managing Construction Waste

Over 90 percent of construction waste can be recycled. But often, unless a project is pursuing LEED credits, waste isn’t managed carefully enough to do so. 

Urban Green’s three-part series, Managing Construction Waste, will highlight specific, cost-effective opportunities to improve material diversion rates on construction projects.  

SEPTEMBER 18 | RECYCLING FROM FLOOR TO CEILING

The first event in the series will focus on carpet and ceiling tile recycling. Attendees will learn how these products are manufactured, how to write effective specifications for these materials and key practices to better manage the pre-demolition removal of carpet and ceiling tiles.  

OCTOBER 24 | CLOSED LOOP DRYWALL RECYCLING

The second event, Closed Loop Drywall Recycling, will present the tremendous opportunity that exists in recycling gypsum wallboard. Out of 10 million tons of gypsum wallboard debris generated each year in NYC, only 5 percent is actually diverted. At this event, we’ll take a look at several successful closed loop drywall recycling projects happening throughout the city. 

"Evolving process and infrastructure capabilities to source separate and closed loop recycle drywall efficiently requires communication and coordination that we are all capable of. When laborers, builders, designers, recyclers and manufacturers understand why this resource management makes sense, it becomes easier to implement," Amanda Kaminsky of Building Products Ecosystems LLC said.

NOVEMBER 16 | COOPER RECYCLING TOUR + TALK

For the final event, we will tour Cooper Recycling to get a first-hand look at the destination facility of construction and demolition (C&D) waste. See how equipment is used to automatically sort and separate material, to ensure that materials reach the highest quality recycling markets.

According to Naomi Cooper of Cooper Recycling, “When processed correctly, C&D material is over 90 percent recyclable, and end uses for recycled products have improved significantly over the last decade. We need to ensure that local end markets continue to innovate and develop.”

Join us to learn how construction waste materials are manufactured and processed; what makes something recyclable; and how simple practices can be cost effective and reduce overall waste.  

 

About the author

Amy Marpman
Amy Marpman, Director of Sustainability, Recycle Track Systems, Inc.