Construction Questions

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Why Waste Management?

How are Waste Management’s Construction & Demolition Solutions different from the rest?

From design to construction, we help contractors and builders – and their customers – achieve their green-building and sustainability goals. With our advanced solutions, time-tested expertise and the reliability of the nation’s largest environmental solutions network at your disposal, you can optimize the reuse of debris, earn valuable points toward LEED® certification and reduce your overall environmental impact.

You also get the benefit of a single point of contact, your dedicated Construction Specialist, who understands your business and knows how to anticipate your project’s needs throughout every phase of the construction process – offering up-to-date knowledge of local disposal regulations and requirements.

How do I contact a Waste Management Construction Specialist?

Getting started is easy. Talk to a construction specialist today.


What construction debris can I recycle?

You can recycle most common Construction & Demolition debris including  concrete, porcelain, rigid plastics, tile, lumber, metals, masonry, plastic, rock, carpet, insulation and more.* We are always working on ways to recover new materials, so ask your local construction specialist for more info.

Will C&D recycling slow down my site progress?

No. When you work with Waste Management, the recycling process does not hinder jobsite performance. Our sustainable solutions can actually help contractors meet their environmental goals while preserving their economic ones.

What is single-stream recycling and how can it be cost-effective?

In the single-stream recycling** process, materials are collected all together with no sorting required by individual recyclers, making it faster and easier for your company to recycle on-site.

What is the process for recycling C&D materials?

First, the materials are offloaded onto the tipping floor of a materials recovery facility (MRF), and the larger recyclables are sorted by hand on a conveyor belt. Next, the smaller materials pass through screening machines. Finally, the recyclables are transferred to their appropriate recycling facilities. Any non-recyclable materials are transferred for proper waste disposal.

Where can I recycle my construction debris?

Waste Management has C&D recycling facilities and partners throughout North America. To find a recycling facility that best meets your project needs, talk to a specialist today.

Can recovered C&D materials be donated to a qualifying 501(c)(3)?

Yes. Recovered materials can be donated to qualified 501(c)(3) charities, resulting in possible tax benefits.

Green Building

What is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)?

The U.S. Green Building Council is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

What is LEED® Certification?

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED is an internationally recognized green-building certification system. LEED provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

LEED offers building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green-building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

How can LEED® Certification benefit my project?

LEED certification offers compelling proof that you've achieved your environmental goals, allows you to take advantage of a growing number of state and local incentives, and can help boost interest in your project.

The LEED Rating System offers four certification levels for new construction – Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum – each corresponding to the number of credits accrued in five green-design categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources,  and indoor environmental quality.

*Recyclables may vary depending on location. To find out which materials are available for recycling in your area, please talk to a specialist.

**Single-stream recycling availability varies by location. To find out more, please talk to a Construction Waste Specialist.

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