C&D debrisNew Rules for C&D Debris

Solid waste facilities in King County will no longer take construction and demotion debris. Yep, you read that right. In November King County began and new rule about construction and demolition debris. The new rule hopes to curve greenhouse emissions by falling in line with SCAP (Strategic Climate Action Plan).

So where can you take construction and demolition debris? Privately owned recycling facilities are now the destination of construction and demolition debris. There is some leniency though. If the C&D material is less than 10% of the load and hand unloaded, then it may go to a solid waste facility.

Let’s get down to what matters, at what point is something considered C&D recycling? Well, according to the King County website, C&D debris is just a list of materials.

The List Includes:

  • Clean Wood    • Cardboard
  • Roofing           • New Gypsum
  • Metal               • Asphalt Paving
  • Concrete

This list of materials applies to everyone, including residents. That is where we step in. Construction and demolition debris can go to United Recycling by anyone. Cardboard is also listed but accepted in many King County solid waste stations.

So, why all this? Why would King County change their rules so that C&D debris would not be taken to their facilities? SCAP. The Strategic Climate Action Plan (SCAP) is a five-year blueprint created with greenhouse emissions in mind. The program sets out to tackle a plethora of industries. King County has a recycle rate goal of 70% by 2020. The hope is that SCAP will get them there.

In King County, a 250 thousand tons of construction and demolition debris went to the landfill. King County is trying to remedy this. We know at United Recycling that the majority of material that comes out of a construction and demolition job can be recycled. Taking the material to a privately owned C&D recycling facility guarantees that the material will be recycled at a high rate, a rate that King County cannot hit. By 2020 King County hopes to have their total recycle rate at 70%. Currently, their residents recycle around 54%. By the end of 2016, they hope to have 80% construction and demolition recycling. These are high goals that we hope to see King County achieve. United Recycling is committed to helping the recycle rate rise. With an 80-90% recycle rate we are already hitting and exceeding their goals.