Recycling Construction & Demolition Waste: A LEED-Based Toolkit (GreenSource) / Edition 1

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A Complete Reference on Construction Waste Recycling

This GreenSource guide offers comprehensive information on how to recycle as much as 95 percent of new construction and demolition waste, reuse existing materials, and comply with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED waste management guidelines.

Recycling Construction & Demolition Waste provides the strategies and tools you need to develop and implement a successful jobsite waste management plan. This practical resource also covers other programs that promote sustainable construction, such as the International Code Council's ICC-ES program, the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Green Building Program, the Green Building Initiative Green Globes Program, BREEAM, and more.


  • Manage construction and demolition waste on the jobsite
  • Set up an efficient jobsite recycling center
  • Recycle new construction waste
  • Conduct an on-site audit to assess demolition waste
  • Reuse existing materials, including asphalt, brick, concrete, insulation, structural steel, wood, glass, and more
  • Develop a comprehensive waste management plan
  • Comply with LEED standards to earn waste management credits
  • Get details on other green certification and code programs
  • Document waste management compliance
  • Include appropriate specifications in construction documents
  • Market your jobsite recycling program

Downloadable forms, templates, spreadsheets, and checklists available at

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071713382
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/20/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Winkler, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal in Green Lizard Management, a firm that provides owner representation and project management services to corporate, developer, and institutional clients. An architect with over 25 years of experience, he was a contributor to The Passive Solar Design Handbook, and the co-author of Analysis of Passive Solar System Thermal Performance and Construction Administration for Architects.

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Table of Contents




Chapter 1 Recycling Waste: The Fundamentals 1

The Reasons to Recycle 1

The Waste Management Streams 4

The Economic Case 7

All About LEED? and Other Certifications 8

The Choice of Method 10

The Recycling Method 14

Buy Recycled Products 17

Summary 17

References 17

Chapter 2 Recycling Construction & Demolition Waste: The Basic Tools 19

Basic Elements of Construction Waste Management 19

Types of Recycling and Reuse: The Rs 19

The Jobsite Recycling Center 23

Team Management 27

The Importance of Training 29

Transportation of Recycled Materials 31

Hazardous Materials 32

Automated Equipment 35

Summary 36

Reference 37

Chapter 3 Recycling New Construction Waste 39

Waste Assessment 40

Waste Assessment Rules of Thumb 43

Waste Types 46

Residential Construction Waste Management 53

Summary 55

References 56

Chapter 4 Recycling Demolition Waste 57

The Site Audit 57

The Market Audit 65

Demolition Recyclables 65

Hazardous Waste 80

Summary 86

Reference 86

Chapter 5 Reuse of Existing Materials 87

ABC: Asphalt, Brick, and Concrete Recycling 88

Insulation 90

Structural Steel 91

Open-Web Joists and Miscellaneous Steel 92

Wood Framing and Heavy Timber 92

Finishes 93

Architectural Woodwork 94

Glass 94

Plastics and Composites 95

Rubber (Tires) 96

Asphalt Roofing Shingles 96

Gypsum Wallboard 98

Wood 98

Reference 98

Chapter 6 The Recycling Waste Management Plan 99

Create the Plan 99

Define the Goals 100

Define the Waste Products 100

Plan the Work 101

Educate Subcontractors and Suppliers 102

Recycling Zone Management 104

Identify the Markets 109

Calculate the Savings 110

Problem Solving 110

Tips for Effective Management 112

Waste Management Plan Checklist 113

Draft Waste Management Compliance Document 115

Summary 116

Chapter 7 Compliance Connection 119

Waste Management Credits Under LEED 121

Innovation and Design Process Credits 127

Waste Management Policy Compliance 127

References 128

Chapter 8 Other Green Certification and Code Programs 129

International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) Sustainable Attributes Verification and EvaluationTM (SAVETM) Program 129

International Code Council (ICC) International Green Construction Code (IGCC) 131

National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Green Building Program 131

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Program 133

National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Whole Building Design Guide 133

Green Building Initiative Green Globes? Program 134

Florida Green Home and Green Commercial Buildings Standards 135

GreenPoint Rated New Home Program (California) 136

U.S. State Green Building and Energy-Efficiency Programs 137

International Programs 139

References 140

Chapter 9 Documenting Compliance 141

Contractor-Generated Information 142

Outside Information Management 146

Special Items Documentation 148

Chapter 10 Waste Management in the Construction Documents 151

Specifications 153

Drawing Information 155

Site Plan Information 156

Chapter 11 Marketing Construction Site Recycling 159

Recycling Marketing and Public Relations 159

Marketing to the Public 163

Marketing to Recyclers 166

Recycling of Unusual Materials 168

References 175

Chapter 12 Resources 177

Contaminants in C&D Waste 177

Equipment 179

Salvage Materials Checklist 188

Density Conversion Factors 189

Appendix A Government and Industry Links 199

Web Resources 199

State and Municipal Government Resources 199

General Resources 210

National Recyclers 213

Appendix B Glossary 217

Index 229

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