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Construction & Demolition Debris Reduction

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This three-hour online course provides general guidance for the reduction, reuse and recycling of construction and demolition (C & D) debris. Opportunities for reduction are considered for each stage of a project beginning with design and carried through to the construction, renovation and/ or demolition stages. The advantages and limitations of methods used for debris reduction are discussed. Also presented are methods for reusing and recycling debris and existing markets for the debris. Case studies are presented to show the steps taken for successful recovery operations and the lessons learned.

Some states like California require a percentage of C&D debris be reused to reduce landfill use. The course shows these measures are effective in reducing C & D debris:

a. incorporate C & D reduction in the contract specifications and monitor the process in order to be successful
b. establish SOP for reuse and recycling at the construction site
c. use more durable products for longer life before replacement is necessary
d. salvage C&D debris for sale, donation and reuse
e. use building material having recycled content such as carpeting, floor tiles, counter tops and restroom dividers
f. rehabilitate an existing building in place of demolition when feasible

The above measures used to reduce, reuse and recycle debris cut expenses by:

a. avoiding disposal fees, transportation costs and purchasing new costs
b. generating revenue from the sales of recovered items
c. gaining tax deductions from donation

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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