Construction, Demolition & Renovation
- Before building, carefully plan with the architect and contractor to use less material and recycle or reuse what is left over.
- Follow the principles of sustainable design to create spaces that conserve resources and cost less to operate.
- Cut demolition waste by salvaging and recycling of materials such as wood, scrap metal, asphalt, concrete, plumbing and electrical fixtures (see longer list, below). Many of these building materials can immediately be reused in other construction projects. Others, such as old roofing shingles, can be recycled to become a low-cost additive to asphalt.
- Connect with Habitat for Humanity to donate any materials that can be re-used in their construction projects.
The benefits of recovering materials from demolished or deconstructed buildings
- Lower disposal costs
- Additional revenue from material sales
- Avoided expense of purchasing new materials
- Minimal use of landfill space
- Reduction in the pollution and energy consumption associated with the manufacture of new materials
Reusable or recyclable deconstruction materials/demolition debris
- Concrete and asphalt
- Soil and rocks
- Clean untreated wood
- Electrical materials
- Plumbing fixtures
- Steel and aluminum
- Corrugated cardboard and plastics
Many of these items can be recycled such as glass, plumbing fixtures, pipes, aluminum, cardboard, plastics etc. Separating these items out can reduce the amount of waste being sent to landifills and can not only reduce your costs per tonne but, in some cases such as aluminum, provide a small income to help offset the disposal costs of other items.
Most of these items can be reused or recycled. For more information, call the Whitehorse Waste Management Facility at 668-1621 or Raven Recycling Society at 667-7269