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Additional C&D Management Resources

Connecticut C&D Reuse and Recycling List Serve

This list is open to professionals and community volunteers working on C&D recycling efforts and is for discussing C&D recycling and recovery challenges and opportunities in Connecticut. CT DEEP is sponsoring this discussion list to encourage cross-pollination of ideas, hear new concepts, approaches and technologies, share successes, projects and programs and overall provide each other support in an effort to increase C&D recycling and recovery in Connecticut.  To join, email Sherill Baldwin.

Waste Reduction: Measure Twice, Cut Once

Calculators to Reduce Leftovers or Scrap

Reducing the amount of waste you generate saves money.  Money is saved when you buy fewer construction materials and pay for less disposal fees.  

If you cannot reduce the amount of scrap or leftover materials you generate, you may be able to reuse many of the materials.  Consider donating items or see if you can integrate used materials into the design of your new construction. You can also reduce waste or scrap by making sure you only buy what you need.

On-site Source Reduction: Cutting the Scrap (EPA)

Recycling and Waste Minimization Guidelines
(Sustainable Sources)

C&D / Green Building Resources

Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) Green Business Center
Organization seeking to expand opportunities for businesses of all sizes to participate in and profit from emerging market trends and business practices.

Construction & Demolition Recycling   (Magazine)

Demolition Magazine

Roads & Bridges

C & D World  (Magazine) 

Environmental Building News

Environmental Design and Construction Magazine

Recycling C&D Wastes: A Guide for Architects and Contractors  (Boston Society of Architects, AGC MA, MA DEP)

Additional Solid Waste Management Publications  (CT DEEP)

Organizations and Groups

Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA)   (CMRA)

Gypsum Association

Build Reuse

CT Green Building Council

National Demolition Association

Gypsum Wallboard Recycling Workgroup  (CT DEEP)

CT Materials Reuse Network  (CT DEEP) 

Deconstruction Resources

Annotated Bibliography of Deconstruction Publications, September 2010, by Michael Boyer, Melissa Maciag and Andrew Veilleux (CT DEEP)


Deconstruction ActivitiesDeconstruction & Reuse  (EPA)

LifeCycle Building Challenge

Unbuilding: Salvaging the Architectural Treasures of Unwanted Houses (book) by Robert Falk and Brad Guy, 2007

Introduction to Deconstruction – Workbook (Members Edition) (book) by Build Reuse.

Mind the Waste: Deconstruction vs. Demolition, (Remodeling Magazine, May 2008) 

Salvaging Old Barns & Houses: Tear it Down & Save the Pieces, (book) by Lawrence F Abrams and Kathleen S Abrams, 1983  (Out of print.  Look for it at your local library or on-line.)

Training Opportunities

Deconstruction Training Program
Build Reuse
Their webpage includes a forum site and they offer a one-day training program as part of their bi-annual deconstruction conference (DECON).


Green Job Training
Gateway Community College, Offers a non-credit class in deconstruction through their Center for a Sustainable Future.  Classes scheduled sporadically, call to find out current schedule.  

DeConstruct Training Program

The National Center for Craftsmanship, - Building Skills by Breaking Down Buildings.  Adults and youth learn real world construction skills while working side by side with trade professionals. An alternative way to take down buildings. Learn emerging deconstruction technology and LEED certification protocols.


Deconstruction Training – Introduction/Beginning and Professional Supervisor
The ReUse Institute of America,  A general 2 week training to learn the basics of the trade (good for work force development) and a 2 day professional training program (good for supervisors and general contractors), both include hands-on experience.


Construction Waste Home Study Course
Solid Waste Association of North America  (SWANA) Offers a construction and demolition recycling course you can complete at home.  Can earn CEUs.


Construction and Demolition Recycling Training and Accreditation Course
WasteCap Resource Solutions , Offers a program that provides the skills to develop, manage, monitor, document and promote a successful recycling program for construction and demolition debris.  Participants receive three year Accreditation in Construction Waste Recycling and training to obtain LEED construction waste management points.

Design for Deconstruction and Reconstruction
Yestermorrow Design/Build School  Offers a week-long course in deconstruction a couple of times a year.  Includes hands-on experience and college credits.


Miscellaneous Resources

C & D Waste Management,  (CT SWAC, C & D Subcommittee Report, Amended Dec 2006)
Man In Rolloff
Recycling Toolkit (Associated General Contractors of America)
WasteSpec: Model Specifications for Construction Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling, Triangle J Council of Governments (with EPA Region IV), July 1995
C&D Waste Management Guide  (Montana State Univ. Extension)
Greenest Building Calculator - embodied energy, demolition energy and tear down calculators


Reduce/Reuse/Recycle  | C&D Management

Disclaimer: The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) maintains the content on this web site to enhance public access to information and facilitate understanding of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The CT DEEP is not recommending these resources over any others and recognizes these represent only a partial listing of resources on this subject.

Content Last Updated February 2020