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Recycling construction waste can save money.

Byline: RECYCLING By Pete Chism For The Register-Guard

Planning to tear down that old garage, start a remodeling project or build a house from the ground up?

Believe it or not, reducing, reusing and recycling when constructing and demolishing can save you money.

Consider the cost of landfilling construction and demolition material; at the Lane County Glenwood Central Receiving Station, you'll spend $45 per ton for garbage. For example, the fee for landfilling 90 tons of deconstruction material at Short Mountain Landfill would run about $4,050.

The alternative to landfilling is to take advantage of reuse, recycling and composting opportunities that currently exist in Lane County communities.

Construction and demolition material primarily consists of wood, roofing materials, cardboard, various metals and possibly yard debris; all of which have local recycle markets.

Rather than landfilling these 90 tons of construction material, let's look at a fictional scenario where separation of materials occurred for reuse and recycling. These numbers are approximations and are subject to change depending on markets and market prices:

Three tons of reusable lumber, sinks, doors, windows: $0 per ton

20 tons of wood: $8 per ton

One ton of scrap metal: $30 per ton (revenue)

One ton of cardboard: $40 per ton (revenue)

20 tons of roofing material: $20 per ton

Two tons of yard debris: $8 per ton

43 tons of garbage: $45 per ton

Separating various materials from 90 tons of a deconstruction job reduces disposal cost from $4,050 to $2,431. A savings of almost $2,000 is enough to consider planning ahead to reuse and recycle, in addition to resource savings and other environmental benefits.

In addition to reusing and recycling, preventing waste in the first place can save you time, resources and money.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when planning or designing a new construction project:

Design for standard sizes for all building materials.

Specify materials and assemblies that can be easily disassembled at the end of their useful life.

Consider reusing materials or installing salvaged materials from off-site sources.

Set goals for reducing waste on a construction project.

Communicate with all participating parties your resource management goals and intentions.

Clearly mark areas key to waste prevention, such as the materials storage, central cutting and recycling stations.

Purchase building materials made with recycled content.

Chose products with little or no packaging.

When you're ready to manage your discards, the list below will help in the process of constructing and deconstructing structures. Call first to get more information on what types of materials are accepted and business hours:

Reusable Construction Materials: BRING Recycling (746-3023), most reusable materials are accepted with no charge. BRING staff determines if material is accepted at their facility.

Yard Debris & Wood Recovery: Lane County Waste Management at Glenwood, $6 per cubic yard for yard debris, $40 per cubic yard for wood recovery; Rexius Forest By-Products (342-1835) and Lane Forest Products (345-9085), $2 per cubic yard for yard debris and wood recovery.

Construction and Demolition Material Recycling: LCWM at Glenwood, regular garbage at $45 per ton; Roof Gone (741-8333), asphalt roofing, wood shingles, tarpaper for $10 per cubic yard; EcoSort (726-7552) and McKenzie Recycling (342-4254), construction and demolition material recovery for $45 per ton.

Scrap Metal Recycling: Schnitzer Steel (686-0515) and Pacific Recycling (461-3443), scrap metal prices vary depending on type of metal and market price.

Cardboard Recycling: Weyerhaeuser (744-4100), cardboard prices vary depending on quantities and market price.

This column is provided by Lane County Recycling.
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Date:Aug 8, 2004
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