Whether it’s a home remodel or an extensive new commercial structure, a construction project produces a massive amount of leftover material, known in the industry as C&D (construction and demolition). Excess concrete, asphalt, shingles, drywall, wood and metals can all pile up by the ton, and finding a way to responsibly recycle them is a must for individuals who want to go green or companies seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. In addition, recycling these materials can save you moneyrecycle


Contact a local recycling plant to discuss rates and pick-up/drop-off charges. Visit the Construction Materials Recycling Association website for a list of recycling plants near you. Shop around for the best deal. Recycling concrete can cost up to $4 per ton as of January 2010, but you will save money by avoiding landfill disposal fees. Also, if your project requires aggregate material, you can save the expense of buying new aggregate and use your recycled concrete in its stead.