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12 Common Recyclables in the Construction Industry

by Valley Box Company on Sun, Jan 22, 2012
Construction & Demolition, also known as C&D, is responsible for 22% of the overall waste stream. Anyone renovating or constructing a residential or commercial property has an opportunity to significantly contribute to resource conservation through the reduction, reuse, and recycling of C&D waste.
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The most commonly recycled C&D materials include:

  1. Lumber
  2. Drywall
  3. Metal
  4. Concrete
  5. Porcelain
  6. Rigid plastics
  7. Tile
  8. Masonry
  9. Plastic
  10. Rock
  11. Carpet
  12. Insulation

Some sites even mulch with rubber! Since rubber doesn’t break down like wood, it has a longer lifespan and over time less material is needed.

Companies that are certified to practice "green building" divert 50% less waste. The key for this is planning all aspects of the build in advance and avoiding sending useful demolition material to the landfill.

Reducing waste can save you money, conserve energy and resources, and reduce air, soil, and water pollution. It is important to educate others of this matter, and to take initiative. Valley Box chooses to incorporate sustainable business practices by recycling all wood scrap with San Diego's Waste Management Company. Visit our “Green Thinking" page to learn more!

Since 1965, Valley Box has been a fixture of San Diego’s Packaging industry. We are a leading industry provider of high-quality crating solutions for over-size products, shock-resistant packaging for sensitive equipment, heat treated export containers, and effective moisture barrier resistant packing and materials.

Our products range from custom corrugated to custom engineered designs for Defense, Aerospace, Biotech and Commercial applications.
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