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U.S. EPA – Characterizing C&D Recycling Debris Nationwide

US EPA C&D RecyclingIn 1998, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, published a report about Construction and Demolition (C&D Recycling) debris entitled “Characterization of Building-Related Constructions and Demolition Debris in the United States”. Robert Brickner, Senior Vice-President of Gershman, Brickner and Bratton, Inc. (GBB), was a contributing writer, reviewed the entire report and made significant contributions, particularly in the sections on C&D debris from road, bridges, and other non-building activities.

The purpose of the report was to characterize the quantity and composition of building-related C&D debris generated in the United States, and to summarize the waste management practices for this waste stream. C&D debris is produced when new structures are built and when existing structures are renovated or demolished. Structures include all residential and nonresidential buildings as well as public works projects, such as streets and highways, bridges, piers, and dams. Many state definitions of C&D debris also include trees, stumps, earth, and rock from the clearing of construction sites. The focus of the report was on building-related wastes, including construction, demolition, and renovation of residential and nonresidential buildings.