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Construction & Demolition Resources

Construction and Demolition waste makes up an average of 10% of the residential waste stream and 15% of the industrial, commercial, and institutional waste stream in Vermont every year (2013 Vermont Waste Composition Study). The resources found on this page can be used to prevent and reduce construction waste for professional and personal projects.


Find additional information on our other C&D Pages:

C&D for Contractors

C&D for Residents

C&D main page

Find local ordinances and resources by contacting your local solid waste management entity.

Vermont Landfill Bans (PDF)

Several items are banned from landfill disposal in Vermont, including asbestos waste and paint.

Construction Site Waste Reduction Plan (doc)

A document created by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Waste Management and Prevention Division to be used to plan and track waste reduction strategies.

Small Business Compliance Assistance Program

Vermont's Environmental Assistance Office provides the SBCAP to assist Vermont's regulated community in achieving compliance with environmental regulations and promoting cooperation between the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the regulated community. 

Purchasing Contracts for State and Local Governments

Office of Purchasing & Contracting, Department of Buildings and General Services, Vermont Agency of Administration

Universal Recycling

Universal Recycling (Act 148) bans clean wood from landfill disposal by July 1, 2016. Universal Recycling bans recyclables, food scraps and residuals, leaf and yard debris, and clean wood from landfill disposal on a phased timeline, with full implementation in effect by July 1, 2020. This is in addition to existing landfill bans in effect in Vermont, which include materials such as asbestos waste, paint, smoke detectors, and mercury-containing bulbs and products.

Deconstruction Resources

Myers C&D Recycling Facility

Vermont's first construction and demolition waste recycling center, run by Myers.

Spec Sheet

Deconstruction Works

Coop enterprise that provides deconstruction and soft-strip renovations (RRP certified), tear-downs, and commercial interiors in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Construction Waste Best Practices

Information from Home Innovation Research Labs on construction waste management in the home building industry, including materials recycling and reuse.

Conversion Figures for Deconstruction Materials

Figures compiled by the Deconstruction Institute.

EPA's Waste Reduction Model (WARM)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency created WARM to help solid waste planners and organizations track and voluntarily report greenhouse gas emissions reductions and energy savings from several different waste management practices.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Online resource for asphalt shingle recycling maintained by Construction and Demolition  Recycling Association.

Drywall Recycling

Online resource for recycling gypsum drywall developed by Construction Materials Recycling Association.

Gypsum Recycling

Online resource for recycling all kinds of gypsum and plasterboard waste. They turn the waste into a gypsum powder which the plasterboard plants can use as raw material to make new plaster boards.

Building stripped of siding prior to final deconstruction. photo courtesy of Deconstruction Works



Green Building Resources

Vermont Green Building Network

VGBN, the Vermont Chapter of the United States Green Building Council, is a non-profit networking organization with a vision that green building will be common practice in Vermont. This network of green building leaders offers opportunities to share best practices and resources, and helps to ensure regional coordination.

U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC is a non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

LEED, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design

LEED is a green building tool that addresses the entire building lifecycle recognizing best-in-class building strategies. The program provides third-party verification of green buildings.


BuildingGreen is an dependent publishing company committed to bringing members accurate, unbiased, and timely green design information.

Associated General Contractors - Vermont

AGC/VT is a trade association representing every aspect of the construction industry and is the Vermont chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America.


Reuse and Waste Prevention Resources

Reuse Marketplace

The Reuse Marketplace is a free regional network to find, sell, trade, or give away reusable and surplus items that would otherwise be disposed as trash. The website is administered by Northeast Recycling Council (NERC) and serves Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and  Rhode Island.

Vermont Buildings & General Services Surplus Property

The Surplus Property showroom in located in Waterbury. The warehouse is open for sales to the public. The Surplus Property program administrates the state auctions, held every spring.

School Property Exchange System (SPEX)

SPEX is an online network that helps school facilities administrators trade and donate surplus equipment, assets, and supplies.

ReSOURCE Building Material Store

Homeowners, tenants, contractors, artisans, and developers all shop at ReSOURCE's Building Material Store for a variety of materials, including lumber, plywood, windows, doors, sinks, lighting, architectural antiques, and other materials. ReSOURCE closes the loop for the building material reuse industry by providing an outlet for hundreds of tons of waste.  Used building and construction materials can be donated to ReSOURCE.


Cover Home Repair and the ReCover Store is a resource for donating/purchasing used building materials.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used home improvement and building materials.

EPA's Reuse in New England Resource Guide - Building Materials Resources/Reuse Centers

This EPA guide is intended to be used by businesses, institutions, and governments who deal with off-spec production or asset management, and others who are seeking or need to dispose of items that still may have "use". It contains listings for where to donate used goods or unwanted materials.

Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum is a free community-building service that helps connect neighbors. Neighborhood forums are open only to people living in that neighborhood.

Waste Prevention resources

Find additional waste prevention resources on the Waste Management and Prevention Division's Waste Prevention page.

Sinks available for reuse at ReCover


Recycling Resources

McNeil Wood & Yard Debris Depot

The Wood & Yard Debris Depot accepts clean wood and yard debris at no charge in Burlington, VT.

Northeast Recycling Council

NERC is a nationally recognized leader in sustainable materials management for the public and private sector. NERC focuses on research, program design and implementation, educational materials, and public-service dialogue for a wide range of topics including source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, environmental education, and green procurement.

Northeast Resource Recovery Association

NRRA is a non-profit organization that provides cooperative purchasing programs, educational and networking opportunities, technical assistance, and cooperative marketing programs.  NRRA has received national recognition for establishing innovative grassroots recyclables marketing cooperatives with competitive pricing which enables small rural and large urban communities to manage their own recycling programs.

Standardized Symbols for Universal Recycling

Symbols developed for recycling, food scraps, and trash material streams were developed to be used state-wide to increase consistency and convenience for Vermonters.  This are intended to be used by businesses, haulers, facilities, and any place where these materials are produced and  managed. 

Vermont's official recycling symbol


Job Site Case Studies & Reports

Case Studies

DEW Construction Corporation: South Burlington - 2005

Demolition & New Construction, replacement of airport hanger

Birdseye Building Company: Charlotte -2002

Deconstruction, single family home

Mary Meyers Corporation: Townshend - 2002

Renovation & New Constructions, corporate office

Bread Loaf Corporation: Middlebury College, Middlebury - 2002

New Construction, campus recycling facility

Engelberth Construction Company, Barre -2001

Salvage & Renovations, former Barre City Hospital, the McFarland House

Pizzagalli Construction Company: Champlain College, Burlington - 1997-1998

New Construction, campus library



C&D subcommittee recommendations, Waste Prevention Planning process - 2007

Alburg Mobile Home Deconstruction Project - April 2006

Performance of Recycled Asphalt Shingles for Road Applications - September 2002

A Feasibility Study of Mobile Home Recycling - October 2000

Gypsum Wallboard Reuse and Recycling Opportunities in the State of Vermont - August 2000



Department of Environmental Conservation

Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program

1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704

(802) 828-1138


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