To recycle the most materials on
your project, use a co-mingled facility with a high recycling rate and use
source separated recycling for the phases of your project that generate large
quantities of a single material like wood, drywall, cardboard and/or ceiling
recycling allows your crew to put select materials such as wood, cardboard,
and metals in one container. The hauler takes the materials to a sorting
facility where the materials are separated for recycling.
separated recycling requires your crew to put select recyclables such as
wood, cardboard and metals in separate containers as they are generated. The
recycling hauler takes the materials directly to a recycler or a transfer site.
- Co-mingled recycling costs
less than garbage disposal; source-separated recycling usually costs less
than co-mingled recycling (even including the additional labor costs).
- Source separated recycling
yields an average facility recycling rate of 90+%. The recycling rate at
co-mingled facilities can vary as much as 15% to 93%.
- With co-mingled recycling,
many materials that have the potential to be recycled, such as drywall,
asphalt shingles and ceiling tiles, are disposed of as garbage.
- Source separating helps
create higher end markets for recyclables such as the manufacture of new
recycled-content building materials.
- On jobsites where space is
limited, having fewer recycling containers on-site and co-mingling the
recyclables can save valuable space.
- Source-separated recycling
requires more labor on-site.
- Co-mingled recycling is
particularly suited for residential demolition - after salvaging all