Construction and Demolition Recycling
General Information


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:

 Back to top

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.

 Back to top

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.

 Back to top

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.

 Back to top

C&D Materials Recyclers

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

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.
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
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
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
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
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

L.E.D.R. LLC Construction and Demolition Recycling
60 MB Corporate Park Ct.
St. Charles, MO 63301
commercial haulers only
*Accepts: aggregate (rock, stone, concrete, bricks, and mortar) metals (ferrous and non-ferrous) wood (clean, untreated, unpainted lumber/pallets) rigid plastics (empty drywall mud buckets) cardboard dirt (fines, used to create a medium grade top soil)
*Materials can be commingled together

Midwest Recycling & Shredding
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
6023 S. Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63111
*accept and sell architectural salvage, used lumber, used doors, used brick, asphalt kettles, and various building materials

St. Louis Composting
560 Terminal Row
St. Louis, MO 63147
*accept clean wood scraps

Simpson Materials
699 West Outer Rd
Valley Park, MO 63088
*accept concrete, asphalt, asphalt millings, and more

Strategic Materials
24 Branch Street
St. Louis, MO 63147
Plant Manager: Dave Schwartz, [email protected]
*accept window glass (no frames) and glass bottles

Back to top