Construction & Demolition Recycling

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Overview

An estimated 35% of all landfill waste in Colorado comes from construction and demolition activities. However, many of these materials can be recycled or reused, adding to our economy and reducing our environmental impact. The city of Lakewood Building Code requires certain construction and demolition projects to recycle specific materials.

What are the requirements?

New buildings, additions, or remodels with a total interior space over 2,500 square feet and new developments with multiple buildings with a combined total interior space over 5,000 square feet must recycle:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Untreated wood
  • Metal
  • Cardboard

 

Demolition projects must recycle:

  • Concrete
  • Asphalt
  • Metal
  • Where possible, all remaining materials, such as doors, windows, cabinets, and fixtures

 

How to comply

Before submitting permits:

  1. Review the construction and demolition waste handout(PDF, 189KB)Please email sustainability@lakewood.org if you would like to be added to the list of recycling facilities on this handout. 
  2. Complete a construction waste management plan(PDF, 183KB) or demolition waste management plan(PDF, 183KB).
  3. Submit the plan with your permit. Permits will not be issued until this is completed (see sample plan(PDF, 193KB)).

During project:

  1. Post a copy of the plan on the project site.
  2. Implement the plan (e.g., set up bins and monitor waste disposal).

After project completion:

  1. Get receipts from recycling facilities and landfills. Enter waste totals into the plan.
  2. Attach facility receipts/records to the plan.
  3. Submit the plan to the inspector.

 

Resources for contractors

City resources:

 

Colorado Contractors Challenge:

  • Free onsite and virtual training
  • C&D recycling directory
  • Roll-off dumpster signage templates
  • Checklists
  • Materials exchange