Can Construction Debris Be Recycled?

There are three ways to dispose of construction debris: donate it, recycle it, or trash it. Unfortunately, many homeowners and construction companies still trash it which often means it ends up in landfills. At Junk King of Sonoma, we offer construction debris removal that puts an emphasis on repurposing and recycling.

What is Construction Debris?

Excavator and Drill removing debris in street In California, construction and demolition debris includes:

  • Wood
  • Drywall
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Glass
  • Insulation
  • Soil
  • Cardboard

Construction debris can make up to 26% of California’s waste stream. With proper planning, a large percentage of this material can be reduced, reused, or recycled.

Eco-Friendly Construction Debris Removal

California’s mandatory green building code, known as CALGreen, requires most new construction jobs to divert at least 50% of their C&D debris. Some local jurisdictions have requirements that exceed this code. Sonoma County’s Zero Waste program includes a section on construction debris removal. The code is updated every three years to better reflect current construction recycling conditions and options.

There are substantial benefits to reusing and recycling construction debris:

  • Saves money by lowering disposal fees and reducing the purchase of new materials.
  • Natural resources are conserved.
  • Landfills take longer to fill up.
  • Methane emissions are reduced as landfill materials break down.

Significant savings and environmental benefits are also achieved when construction companies choose deconstructing instead of demolition. The average savings on a 2,000 square foot home include 2400 gallons of water, 33 mature trees, and the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of removing three cars from the road for a year.

Junk King of Sonoma’s professional, fast, and green construction debris removal services can help you dispose of all your reusable and recyclable construction materials.

Why Recycle Construction Debris

Each type of construction materials has its own requirements for disposal. Junk King of Sonoma’s experienced crews help you sort through and figure out which construction debris can be recycled, reused, or repurposed, as well as which materials are considered hazardous. There are two ways to recycle construction debris:

  1. Recycling converts waste materials into new products. The goal is to prevent the consumption of new raw materials and energy usage and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. It also works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air and water pollution, preserving natural resources for future generations.
  2. Recovery and recycling takes useful unwanted debris and processes it into new materials or forms of energy for heating, electricity, and fuel.

Since buildings account for about a third of raw material used in the U.S., choosing to recycle is a smart choice that saves natural resources and reduces unnecessary waste.

Junk King of Sonoma—Your Construction Debris Removal Partner

Junk King of Sonoma encourages all of our business and residential customers to see recycling and repurposing as philanthropic practices that reduce their environmental footprint. For over 25 years we’ve been passionate about looking after the environment! Our construction debris removal services are designed to serve and benefit our local communities while protecting the planet.

If you live in the Sonoma County area and are interested in disposing of your construction debris in a socially responsible way, we’re the one to call! We are the country’s #1 green construction debris removal company and our professional and friendly crews can make quick work of sorting and hauling away every type of waste from your construction project.

To learn more about our construction debris removal services, give us a call, text us a photo, or book an appointment online today!