CDRA "roadmap" details strategies to increase C&D recycling
“C&D Recycling Roadmap” provides an overview of the industry, case studies of successful programs
State and local governments can learn about techniques to increase the rates of recycling for construction and demolition (C&D) materials in a new document released by the C&D Recycling Association.
The "C&D Recycling Roadmap" provides a detailed explanation of the C&D industry, while also providing case studies of successful government programs that helped C&D recycling, as well as other proactive decisions governments can make to help divert from landfills the largest waste material stream in the United States.
Municipalities play a crucial role in supporting the growth of C&D recycling markets, financially and legislatively. Local governments can develop financial support programs to promote recycling facilities purchase advanced processing equipment, cover fees associated with permitting a new recycling facility or incentivize projects to use recycled materials instead of virgin materials. Legislative and regulatory opportunities include establishing ordinances that require haulers to drop materials off at certified recycling facilities prior to disposal, creating procurement policies that provide end markets, instituting disposal bans for certain C&D materials and requiring minimum diversion targets for construction and demolition projects.
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On January 1st, 2021, the Basel Convention's plastics waste amendments became effective in Canada. The amendments focus on the international movement of plastic wastes that may have limited recycling options or be more difficult to recycle. This change will likely be felt all along the supply chain, including collectors, processors, and exporters. If you export plastic waste for recycling or final disposal, or if you are an exporter of other scrap materials, including plastic, paper, or e-waste, you may be subject to Canada's Regulations, and a valid export or transit permit may be required.