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 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 (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.
Myers C&D Recycling Facility
Vermont's first construction and demolition waste recycling center, run by Myers.
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.
Online resource for recycling gypsum drywall developed by Construction Materials Recycling Association.
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
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
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
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
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management & Prevention Division, Solid Waste Program
1 National Life Drive, Davis 1, Montpelier, VT 05620-3704