January 18

Common C&D Materials You Should Recycle On-site

Anyone who has ever done demolition on a construction project knows just how satisfying it is to swing a sledgehammer and take down a structure. It’s exciting watching pieces fall away… until you see how much garbage has been created.

The sheer amount of trash can be overwhelming. When you take the environmental impact into consideration, knowing that construction and demolition waste are the largest sources of trash in the United States (according to the Construction Materials Recycling Association), demolition becomes considerably less exciting.

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C&D Recycling Is a Must For Your Job Sites 

Fortunately, all of the waste produced during demolition, renovation, or build doesn’t have to end up in the landfill (or even worse, in our waterways). C&D recycling is convenient and good for the environment. 

As a contractor, construction, or demolition company, you have the ability to make an environmental impact through C&D recycling and through using recycled building materials. 

Common Materials For C&D Recycling 

There are many different C&D materials that can be recycled. We’ll discuss a few of the most common materials here and explain what these materials could become in their “next life.”  


Used as the foundation for structures, concrete was once believed to be garbage. Now, according to the Concrete Materials Recycling Association, more than 140 million tons of concrete is recycled in the United States each year. 

Concrete is removed from a construction site and then sent to a crushing center. They will crush and screen the concrete, ensuring that all dirt and debris has been removed. Once this has been done, it can be reused to pave roads and driveways. It can also be used as a foundation for pipes and utilities and by landscapers in their work. C&D recycling is a wonderful alternative to concrete disposal.


Everyone loves windows. However, with advances in design and materials making newer glass safer and more energy-efficient, old window glass is often removed during renovations. 

Unlike its cousin, the glass bottle, window glass often contains other materials like vinyl, aluminum, or insulating spacers. This makes it more difficult to recycle as those materials must be removed prior to recycling. 

While glass is less commonly recycled than concrete, there are still options to recycle it and keep it out of the landfill. Glass can be melted down and remanufactured into Fiberglass, it can be broken into pieces and combined with concrete to make terrazzo flooring and countertops, and even ground down and added to asphalt to create glassphalt.


Copper is a type of metal found in the piping and wiring of a structure. This material is so valuable that thieves have been known to break into construction sites to steal it. Unfortunately, many local codes require new building materials, making reuse impossible. 

Luckily, it can still be recycled, melted down, and made into new copper products. When copper is recycled, it retains its strength and durability.


Steel girders, trusses, and pilings can be found in larger commercial buildings and apartment buildings, bridges, and even personal homes. All of these items can be recycled to keep them out of the landfills. 

Steel maintains its strength and durability during the recycling process and can then be used in future structures.

Asphalt Roof Shingles 

Due to their durability, asphalt roof shingles are one of the most common options for roofing, found often on older houses. It is so common, that approximately 11 million tons of shingle waste are created each year in the U.S. 

By recycling shingles, you can help breathe new life into these materials. They can be ground down to use in pavement or as patches for potholes. Sometimes, they are recycled into new shingles as well.


While trees are a renewable resource, we are tearing them down much faster than we can plant them. The lumber created from these trees is used for framing structures, creating sheathing, framing windows and doors, and creating floors. 

The U.S Department of Agriculture believes that almost 1 billion board-feet of lumber could be salvaged each year. By recycling or reusing wood from construction projects, we could save trees and improve air quality. This wood can be used to create new flooring or paneling, create fences, or create barns. The waste leftover can then be ground down into particleboard. We can breathe a little easier already!


As one of the most reliable building materials (just ask the Three Little Pigs) bricks are used throughout construction projects to provide strength and stability to a structure. When renovating or demolishing a space, these construction materials can be reused or recycled to protect the environment.

During the recycling process, brick can be crushed into small pieces to use instead of mulch as ground cover for yards. It can also be crushed into a powder to use on baseball diamonds, tracks, or tennis courts. Of course, they can also be recycled and turned into new bricks. No huffing or puffing required.


Drywall is one of the major components of a building. Comprised of gypsum and paper, drywall is used to create interior walls and is estimated to make up 25 percent of all construction waste. Thankfully, drywall is fairly easy to recycle. It contains boron, a known fire retardant, which is also used as a nutrient for plants. This means that landscapers can mix it in with soil to provide nutrition to plants! The paper used to create gypsum can be recycled in paperboard or new wallboard as well. 

Interior Flooring

Hardwood, carpeting, linoleum, vinyl – when it comes to flooring choices for the home or business, the options are endless. But what happens when it’s time to rip up the flooring and dispose of it? Wood is obviously the easiest material to recycle, however, when reusing is not an option, most flooring material can now be recycled into new flooring, providing a whole host of “green” flooring options for new spaces. 

Landscape Waste

After years of neglect, some outdoor spaces begin to look like jungles. The landscaping waste that is removed from these sites has been banned from entering local landfills by many states and local jurisdictions. Recycling is always recommended, but often necessary. This waste can be converted into mulch to be used as a landscaping accent and to keep weeds at bay. 

C&D Recycling Materials We Accept 

Coastal Recycling is an excellent solution to your construction waste disposal needs. With a centrally-located, state-of-the-art facility in Jacksonville, Florida, our team will receive and sort your materials, separating C&D recycling from waste and disposing of each properly. 

We accept all C&D waste in compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Steel
  • Glass
  • Brick
  • Concrete
  • Asphalt roofing material
  • Piping
  • Wallboard and drywall
  • Lumber
  • Landscaping materials, such as rocks, soils, and trees
  • Clean cardboard
  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Wood (unpainted and nontreated)
  • Metal scraps
  • Scrap shingles
  • Siding concrete
  • Similar materials

Give Coastal Recycling Your Debris For C&D Recycling 

When you’ve got a construction project underway, save the environment and save the hassle by using Coastal Recycling Services for C&D recycling. We’ll reuse your refuse and have you back on the job site in no time!


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