CONSTRUCTION RECYCLING: Why construction sites should recycle [infographic]

Six recycle bins in front of building - Construction recycling

Construction recycling infographic

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Recycling by the numbers

13,000 feet of framing lumber the average newly constructed home requires – that’s enough lumber to line 2.5 miles of road if laid end-to-end.

85 million tons of material recycled in the U.S. in 2010.

9,000 tons of waste the largest landfills in the U.S. receive on a daily basis.

25-30% tons of waste the largest landfills in the U.S. receive on a daily basis.

The benefits of construction site recycling

50% – recycling rate builders must achieve to receive awards from the LEED program.

1/2 – amount of U.S. steel produced in the last 50 years that has been recycled

1 ton of recycled stell conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.

70% – amount that a steel mill can reduce water pollution, air pollution and mining waste by using recycled scraps

8,000 – pounds of waste created from the construction of an average 2,000 square foot home

Recyclable construction site materials

  • asphalt
  • concrete
  • clean wood
  • plastics
  • glass
  • carpeting
  • plubming fixtures
  • cardboard
  • drywall
  • metals
  • and more!

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