Construction and Demolition Recycling


What is Construction and Demolition Recycling?

Construction and Demolition (C&D) materials are the materials that are used by contractors that are doing construction or renovations work on buildings. C&D debris includes any materials that are removed from work sites during the process of construction, demolition, or renovation work. C&D debris includes just about any material that is used in building projects:

  • Carpet
  • Ceiling Tile
  • Concrete
  • C&D PalletsDrywall/Sheetrock
  • Insulation
  • Metal
  • PVC Pipe
  • Shingles
  • Wood

Materials like asphalt, dirt, rock, stone, and land clearing debris (trees and brush) are also included in C&D recycling, even though they are not actual building materials.

A C&D Recycling Program works to keep waste materials from these projects out of the landfills. Many of the materials that are used in these projects can easily be reused or recycled into other building materials. Click here to see what recyclables are turned into.

C&D contractors have been recycling some materials on their own for many years. Metal can bring in revenue when it is kept separate from other materials, so large amounts are worth recycling. Asphalt and concrete weigh a lot, and it is much less expensive to recycle large amounts of them than it is to landfill them.

There are a number of policies and regulations that affect how C&D materials are handled and disposed of. Click here to see the legal aspects of C&D recycling. 

For more information on construction & demolition recycling at UNC Charlotte, please contact Amelia Fisher at 704-687-0605 or

Waste Tracking Sheet for Contractors