CDRA Benefits of C&D Recycling

Construction and demolition debris represent one of the largest components of the solid waste stream in the United States. Statistics regarding C&D quantities, characteristics, and management in the U.S. have not been tracked in the same details as municipal solid waste. Read the CDRA's Executive Summary to learn more.

Recycling Certification

The certification of Recycling Rates (CORR) program was established to provide credible, ISO-level third-party certification of C&D facilities' true recycling rates. The CDRA supports credible, third-party certification of recycling facilities. If you are interested in learning more about certifying your facility, visit the Recycling Certification Institute

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How to Develop End Markets
Want to develop a new end market for a material coming into your recycling facility? The CDRA End Markets Development committee has created guidelines that cover all the aspects needed for that process.

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State Regulatory Profiles (Members Only)

CDRA members are invited to browse the regulatory information affecting C&D recycling in all 50 states in one convenient location.

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Shingle Recycling Website

Asphalt shingles have several excellent engineering characteristics that allow them to be used in several different applications. The CDRA is a strong advocate of asphalt shingle recycling efforts and hosts The website includes a "Find A Shingle Recycler" function and a Best Management Practices document on shingle recycling.

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C&D Recycling Roadmap

The CDRA Recycling Roadmap describes C&D characteristics, including sources of C&D generation, different types of processing strategies used in recycling facilities, the benefits of recycling C&D material, and suggestions for municipalities on developing recycling markets for C&D.

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The CDRA Health & Safety Manual (Members Only)

This manual is available for members as a PDF and as an MS Word document that can be modified to suit your company.

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Gypsum Recycling

Construction and demolition debris are one of the largest waste streams in the United States with an estimated 534 million tons produced in 2014. Gypsum drywall accounts for 2.5% of the total C&D debris generated annually and 12% of construction debris...Read More

Educational Webinars Available for Replay (Members Only)

The CDRA hosts all past webinars on our website for CDRA members to view free of charge. CDRA members must login to view webinar recordings.

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How to Better Manage and Market C&D Fines

Small particle sized materials can be a challenge. The two documents below provide detailed information on how to work with regulator questions about the fines. Both documents are available for download; however, Executive Summaries of both are only available to CDRA members after logging in.

CO2 Calculator (Members Only)

The C02 calculator tool allows CDRA members to calculate the environmental benefits their recycling facility provides to society and the local community. The calculator allows users to input the number of tons their facility recovers every day, week, month or year, and they can see how that translates into the following:

  • Tons of CO2 saved per ton of recycled item — Includes all greenhouse gases that are saved by recycling a ton of this material 

  • Bulbs saved — The annual energy from this many standard 60-watt incandescent light bulbs is saved by recycling a ton of this material

  • Gallons of gas saved — The equivalent amount of energy in this number of gallons of gasoline is saved by recycling a ton of this material

  • Vehicles Saved — Recycling this material per ton equates to removing the greenhouse gas emissions of this many vehicles.

  • Home electricity —Recycling a ton of this material saves enough energy to power this many houses annually.

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