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Fact or Fiction: Construction Site Recycling
by Staff
Whether you're a do-it-yourselfer or a professional building contractor, recycling your construction debris can save you money and help the environment. Take the quiz to see how smart you really are when it comes to recycling demolition waste.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, renovation and remodeling projects account for 40 percent of all construction site waste.

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Concrete and mixed rubble make up nearly 50 percent of all building-related construction and demolition debris.

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Drywall makes up nearly 20 percent of all building-related construction and demolition debris.

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Every year in the United States, builders generate approximately 31.5 million tons of construction waste.

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A new 2,000 square-foot-home generates about 20,000 pounds of construction waste.

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Plastics make up 5 percent of construction waste.

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If builders reused and recycled just 25 percent of the buildings that are demolished every year, it would divert approximately 20 million tons of debris from local landfills.

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Roofers still use asbestos shingles.

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Wood accounts for 50 percent of all demolition debris.

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In Chicago, builders are required by law to recycle 50 percent of the construction and demolition waste they generate.

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About 14 tons of concrete are used in constructing a typical 2,085-square-foot home.

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It's possible to recycle dirt.

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Coal ash can be recycled into floor tiles.

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Spent foundry sand can be used as an aggregate in concrete.

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Some homes are made out of recycled bottles.

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Around 64 million gallons of paint are leftover each year.

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Building-related construction and demolition debris totals approximately 160 million tons per year.

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An estimated 50 percent of building-related construction and demolition debris is recovered for processing and recycling.

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According to the EPA, construction materials that are most frequently recycled include shingles, plastic piping and glass.

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