The Department of Public Health promotes the responsible separation and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) debris to help contractors and property owners save on costly disposal fees while protecting the environment. Under the Construction and Demolition Site Waste Recycling Ordinance, contractors must:
To find out which projects must comply and how compliance is enforced, see the text of the ordinance. For more information about documenting your compliance with the C&D recycling requirements, read the C&D Recycling Rules and Regulations
What is C&D Debris?
C&D debris is non-hazardous, non-contaminated solid waste resulting from construction, remodeling, repair or demolition projects on pavement, buildings and other structures. It may include:
Benefits of C&D Recycling
How to Recycle C&D Debris
The first step in C&D recycling is to plan ahead. It is important to estimate how much and what types of material will be generated at the construction or demolition site. Then you can decide how the materials should be sorted and which recycling service providers you should hire.
For more information, the City provides a Construction and Demolition Best Management Practices Guide for C&D operations. This guide includes case studies and strategies for meeting the C&D recycling requirements.
In addition, the State of Illinois produces a helpful C&D recycling guidebook which may be obtained by calling 888.EPA.1996 (888.372.1996). Additional information can be found from the Illinois EPA—Construction and Demolition Debris.
A searchable database of reuse and recycling services may be accessed at Illinois Earth 911.
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