The Construction and Demolition Recycling program provides new opportunities for recycling
With construction in full swing on campus comes a large amount of building materials that must be purchased, which can leave a large carbon footprint. Thankfully UNC Charlotte remains conscious of the environment by creating a program to reduce the environmental impact of construction.
The Construction and Demolition Recycling program has been put in place to recycle extra building materials and worksite debris that otherwise go into landfills. The program encourages contractors to be more efficient and to cut down on the amount of building materials they use.
Contractors must already be in compliance with state statutes regarding reducing waste on construction sites. In addition to the mandatory compliances, the building plans for UNC Charlotte projects also include certain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) requirements that contractors must follow. Projects are awarded more “points” the more environmentally friendly they are, in turn receiving more prestigious LEED certification.
According to Shannon Caveny-Cox, Construction and Demolition Recycling program manager, contractors are usually very compliant with the procedures set forth in the program.
“Contractors send us reports monthly. Most are able to recycle 85 percent of materials,” said Caveny-Cox.
Some of the recycled materials include brick, PVC piping, drywall and shingles. These materials can be turned into a multitude of new products including roadway aggregate, rain gutters and electricity cables.
Some of the building materials are donated to Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. In demolition projects, contractors remove all objects that are not static from a building. After that, Habitat for Humanity workers are allowed to appraise the building and remove any materials they can reuse.
This program, along with UNC Charlotte’s recycling program, are focused on making the community more environmentally conscious.
According to Caveny-Cox, “The program encourages [contractors] to think more about the end result.”
For more information on the Construction and Demolition Recycling program, visit https://facilities.uncc.edu/our-services/business-related-services/recycling/programs/construction-and-demolition.