Builders' Guide to Reuse & Recycling
A Directory for Construction and Demolition Materials in the Metropolitan Washington Region
   

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Why Recycle?
   

Save money: Reuse and recycling save money by offering lower cost options to landfilling of C&D materials. The following table provides a cost comparison of tipping fees at a local C&D landfill and several C&D recyclers in the area.

Landfilling vs. Recycling of C&D Materials
in the Metropolitan Washington Region


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Note: Hauling fees are not included but are comparable for landfilling and recycling.
Metal cost is below zero due to revenue. This graph was generated by collecting data
from local Recycling Companies in May 2015

Meet Green Construction Codes and Take Advantage of Incentive Policies:: Meet Green Construction Codes and Take Advantage of Incentive Policies: Many jurisdictions in the area have green construction requirements or incentives. The Green Construction Code in Washington, D.C., requires that at least 50% of construction waste be recycled or salvaged. The Arlington County, VA Green Building Incentive Policy offers points for meeting LEED certification requirements including reuse of building materials. Montgomery County, MD, provides tax credits to buildings larger than 10,000 square feet for meeting LEED certification requirements such as reuse of materials. Fairfax County encourages green building in its comprehensive plan.

Protect the environment and conserve resources: C&D materials are equivalent to 40% of all raw material used annually in the U.S. Recovering these materials reduces mining and forest extraction, minimizes industrial air emissions and lowers consumption of fossil fuels.

Extend the life of local landfills: As new landfills are becoming increasingly more difficult to locate, diverting C&D materials from local landfills preserves valuable space for materials that can’t be recycled or reused.

Support local businesses: This directory represents more than 200 businesses in the Washington metropolitan area that reuse or recycle C&D materials.