CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC) has received a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant to institute the Iowa Construction and Demolition Waste Reduction Project. The project will focus on helping construction and demolition businesses reduce waste and divert it from the landfills.
“The amount of construction and demolition waste in landfills has steadily increased in recent years and a vast majority of demolition materials could be reused or recycled, diverting it from the landfill,” says Dan Nickey, senior program manager at the IWRC.
The IWRC will be developing a comprehensive educational campaign as well as an online resource center for Iowa’s construction and demolition waste generators. “With an industry in constant fluctuation, it’s necessary to have on-going resources for construction and demolition companies to access,” continues Nickey. The 12-month project will officially begin on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The IWRC has provided environmental services including business assistance, industry training, and research and development, for more than 25 years. IWRC is a nonprofit organization, part of Business and Community Services at UNI.
For more information about IWRC, visit www.iwrc.org.
This insightful article is about breaking down the market for Deconstruction in Aspen, Colorado (oh the pun). It’s thorough, and a good read if you are interested in the challenges and opportunities of building material reuse ordinances.
The city of Aspen doesn’t have any requirements for contractors to deconstruct a building versus demolishing it. However, it does encourage construction companies to use best practices according to its international energy code, which fosters training and educating contractors and subcontractors to recycle when they can.
Stephen Kanipe, the city’s chief building official, said the practice of deconstruction is driven by the market, and if contractors can sell materials for recycling or scrap.
Based on projects he’s seen coming through the building department, most contractors do recycle material on the job site. However, it depends on the wishes of the building owner and what constraints the contractor faces.
For example, nearly all of the material from the 2011 demolition of the Given Institute in the West End neighborhood was recycled because the construction site was large enough for the separation process. But the Gap building, which is in the Aspen downtown core, has less space to work with.
“There are so many instances that one size doesn’t fit all,” Kanipe said.
City officials in the past have discussed whether to require developers to recycle or employ deconstruction methods. But presently, it’s based on the honor system. Most contractors, residential and commercial, attempt to recycle when they can.
“The market should incentivize it, not the government,” Kanipe said.
Welcome Washington, DC – the latest in the club of C&D waste reuse policy!
We think you can do it before 2032 though, if you just apply yourself.
Reuse 20 percent of all construction and demolition waste by 2032 by requiring new large construction and major renovation projects to prepare comprehensive construction waste management plans to reuse or recycle 75 percent of construction and demolition waste, and requiring use of recycled and salvaged building materials.
On Monday, December 10, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance taking the next step towards zero waste in the construction/demolition arena. The ordinance prohibits recyclable material from being disposed of in construction and demolition garbage containers, railhead intermodal containers, and the City’s transfer stations. It also creates a construction waste recycling facility certification program to ensure that there will be recycling facilities available, and requires construction and demolition waste generators to submit reports that document how they dispose of their waste.