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Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition materials (C&D) are generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges. C&D materials include concrete, wood, metals, glass, salvaged building components, Styrofoam packing, roofing materials, and cardboard boxes. Statewide these materials comprise almost 15% of the wastes we send to the landfill. In Saint Louis County over 600,000 tons of C&D wastes are taken to landfills every year.

Diverting C&D materials from landfill disposal follows the same hierarchy as all solid waste: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle as much as possible to minimize waste. Construction projects seeking LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) employ these concepts. The U.S. Green Building Council established LEED as national standards for environmentally sound building design and construction, as well as everyday operational practices.

The goal in Saint Louis County is to increase C&D recycling beyond LEED projects through options that are protective of public health and the environment and demonstrate an economical alternative to landfilling. The benefits include recovery of valuable materials and increased jobs. Deconstruction and salvage sustains employment beyond simply knocking a building down and hauling it away. Here are some steps to consider when planning a construction or demolition project:

Demolition Waste

First: Reduce

Plan work sites to reduce damage to construction materials and to increase salvage potential. Before purchasing new products, local outlets can be explored for salvaged materials that are in good condition at a greatly reduced price. Architectural artifact stores in particular can be a gold mine for unique pieces that set a project apart from the run of the mill construction.

Second: Reuse

Planning for a deconstruction completed in stages as opposed to demolition of a whole structure allows flooring, ceiling tiles, fixtures, windows, doors and bricks to be salvaged for reuse.

Third: Recycle

Metals such as wiring, siding, fasteners, and roof flashing are routinely recycled. Cardboard, which can account for up to 30% of the waste stream by volume, is another easy commodity to recycle that frees up valuable space in construction containers for the non-recyclable waste.

Shingles and unused drywall are recyclable, if processed through a facility that is licensed and meets all Saint Louis County Waste Management and Air Pollution Control regulations. Shingles can be processed into new asphalt shingles and used as an aggregate for new asphalt hot mix. Unused drywall can be ground and used as a soil amendment and as an ingredient in Portland cement.

Below are some local outlets for common C&D materials. Please call to verify acceptance, fees and hours before taking materials to any location!

Eco-Recycling – 314.862.3335

6515 Page Avenue

Pagedale, MO 63133

*accept concrete, asphalt, asphalt millings, and brick (free of dirt and debris; alone or in mixed loads)

Flooring Systems, Inc. – 314.329.9322

4130 Meramec Bottom Road

St. Louis, MO 63129

*accept carpet from any project and promise 100% recycling of content

*drop-off fee

Habitat for Humanity – 636.978.5712

130 Trade Center Drive, West

St. Peters, MO 63376

*accept salvaged materials in good usable shape and offers for sale to public

Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis Deconstruction Services – 314.371.0400

3763 Forest Park Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

*remove and collects materials from buildings (flooring, plumbing, appliances)

*charge small fee per project

Habitat for Humanity – 314.531.4155

3763 Forest Park Ave

St. Louis, MO 63108

*accept salvaged materials in good usable shape and offers for sale to public

Hansen’s Tree Service – 636.379.1830

104 Hansen Ct.

O'Fallon, MO 63366

*accept unused drywall, clean wood, green waste materials (all turned into mulch)

*provide containers on site for green materials

Metal for Food / Furniture for Food

*accept most types of scrap metal and office furniture for recycling or reuse

*can provide container for recurring needs or large loads

*proceeds go directly to Operation Food Search

Midwest Recycling & Shredding – 314.795.1206

2369 Schuetz Rd.

St. Louis, MO 63146

*accept polystyrene from packaging and Styrofoam roof insulation, metals, appliances, bubble wrap, plastic film, and more

*commercial projects: pick-up or drop off (depends on the volume)

Perhat Lumber – 314.481.9302

6023 S. Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63111

*accept and sell architectural salvage, used lumber, used doors, used brick, asphalt kettles, and various building materials

ReSource St. Louis

PO Box 1628v2

Clayton, MO 63105


*web-based “Craigslist”, where C & D materials can be listed, exchanged, sold

St. Louis Composting – 314-868-1612

560 Terminal Row

St. Louis, MO 63147

*accept clean wood scraps

Simpson Materials – 636.343.4944

699 West Outer Rd

Valley Park, MO 63088

*accept concrete, asphalt, asphalt millings, and more

Strategic Materials – 314-421-2127

24 Branch Street

St. Louis, MO 63147

Plant Manager: Dave Schwartz,

*accept window glass (no frames) and glass bottles