Construction & Demolition Debris

Construction and demolition debris or C & D is created when old buildings are torn down or rehabilitated, when roads and sidewalks are replaced or because of other construction and deconstruction activities. The resulting material can include concrete, bricks, painted and treated wood, untreated wood, particle board, metal from pipes and wires, roofing material including asphalt shingles, sheetrock, insulation, carpeting and a host of others. Much of this can’t be recycled (but see below for exceptions). However, iIn Vermont, Act 250 requires a Construction Waste Management Plan for projects involving more than 5,000 square feet of construction and/or demolition. VT ANR staff will work with applicants to find ways to reuse and recycle materials to reduce the amount of material sent to landfills. This can save applicants money, especially for relatively easily recyclable materials like metal. For smaller projects and do it yourself work, transfer stations accept construction and demolition debris, but charge for the amount of material. Again, finding alternatives by reusing or recycling materials can save small contractors and property owners money.

Recyclable materials include:

For more information on construction and demolition debris in Vermont, click here.

Burning materials can be dangerous and release toxins into the atmosphere. A permit is required for open burning. Click here to read more.

While it may be possible to burn clean wood, any kind of treated wood will release toxic substances. For more information on clean wood disposal click here.

More information on this and ideas on recycling can be found here.