Construction and Demolition Debris (C&D) Recycling Survey & Analysis Results:
CPW surveyed forty building projects in Town to determine the level of construction & demolition (C&D) materials that were being recycled at these sites, and to determine if a C&D recycling bylaw or ordinance might be necessary to encourage C&D recycling. The building projects included new construction, renovations, additions, and roofing. These projects were either ongoing or completed within the last three months.
The survey included single family homes as well as multi-unit housing developments, the largest being Longview Meadow, a 350 unit residential apartment complex under construction in West Concord.
Of the forty projects surveyed, 78% hauled their C&D materials to either a C&D processor or a “recycling-focused” C&D transfer station, whereas 5% hauled C&D materials to a C&D transfer station that shipped only certain C&D materials for recycling, and 17% trucked C&D materials to a C&D transfer station that in turn shipped C&D materials to landfills in Maine.
Where 78% of the projects surveyed appropriately disposed of their C&D materials using either a C&D processor or a “recycling-focused” C&D transfer station, initial results indicate that implementation of a C&D recycling bylaw or ordinance does not seem necessary at this time. These results were presented to the Public Works Commission during their October meeting with a recommendation that an education and awareness campaign be the focus at this time.