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Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling

Many homeowners and contractors may be surprised to hear that recycling options for certain construction materials and demolition "waste" exist in Vermont. Though recycling options are rapidly developing, this page will direct you to current recycling outlets, regulations, and Vermont-based resources and strategies for resource-conscious development.  

Why recycle project components? Tool symbol

With some light planning and diligence, certain Construction and Demolition (C&D) waste materials can be separated from landfill wastes on your project site, and then recycled or salvaged into useful products or beautiful new structures. With more than 50,800 tons of waste generated anually from C&D projects in  Vermont (accounting for 10% of residential waste and 15% of commercial waste), recycling or reusing project by-products across the State can make a large impact in resource conservation and mitigating landfill use. 

Did you know: Act 250 requires that the applicant submit a Construction Waste Management Plan for projects involving more than 5,000 square feet of construction and/or demolition.  Applicants can devise a site-specific plan, or utilize construction specification in lieu of a plan, or may use this plan template.

Materials Accepted:

  • Clean Wood Landfill ban effective July 1, 2016
  • Asphalt Shingles
  • Scrap Metal
  • Drywall
  • Plywood
  • Oriented Strand Board (OSB)
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Granite, slate, and other special fixtures or features may be re-purposed

*Materials listed in bold indicate a subset of construction waste materials deemed architectural waste materials. Under certain conditions, State law requires that projects keep these materials out of the trash and transferred to a recycling facility. Read more below.

Projects Required to Recycle Architectural Materials Under State Law (10 V.S.A. § 6605m.)

Some construction, deconstruction, or demolition projects are required to seperate architectural waste materials for the purpose of recycling. A project is subject to the requirement if it meets ALL of the following conditions:

  1. The project produces 40 cubic yards or more of architectural waste. Forty cubic yards is the typical volume of one construction site roll-off dumpster.

  2. The project site is within 20 miles of a solid waste facility that recycles architectural waste.

  3. The construction or demolition project is for a commercial building or a residential building with 2 or more units.

Read Act 175 as passed into law in Spring 2013, or go to the official amendment in 10 V.S.A. § 6605m. in Vermont Statutes Online. 

Facilities Accepting Architectural Waste Materials for Recycling

Further information about architectural waste management can be found in three Agency publications:  Architectural Waste - Summary and FAQs , Architectural Waste in Vermont - A Primer, and Policies on Architectural Waste Recycling

There are currently two facilities in Vermont that accept loads of architectural waste, in addition to other materials. Check with each facility for details.

Myers C&D Recycling Facility
216 Red Can Drive, Colchester, VT 05446  Icon for getting directions.
Vermont's first construction and demolition waste recycling center.
Link to brochure.
(802) 655-4312 | www.theredcanfamily.com

Casella C&D Recycling Facility
1496 Redmond Road, Williston, VT 05495 Directions icon
Accepts loads loads from small projects (e.g. household cleanout) must contain a minimum 60% C&D. 
(802) 878-3506 | http://www.casella.com/dropoff/vt/williston-0

There are many other facilities around the state that will accept single materials, such as concrete, brick, asphalt, or a combination of several types. To locate a certified solid waste facility, visit the Materials Management Map.

Other Businesses and Organizations Accepting Used Material

Beyond solid waste facilities certified by the Agency of Natural Resources, there is a wide array of building salvage, reuse, and antique stores that look for quality used building materials, fixtures, and appliances. 

Designing Projects to Minimize Waste, Maximize Reuse 

Note that more information is coming soon.

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

Davis Building - 1st Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704
802-828-1138