NC State University requires a minimum of 75% of construction and demolition waste to be diverted from the landfill through reuse or recycling. (Click here to learn more about NC State’s Design and Construction Guidelines.) Working with project managers and contractors, Waste Reduction and Recycling tracks the diversion rates from all construction projects and reports an overall diversion rate at the end of the year.
Reuse is the first priority of diverting demolition waste from the landfill.
Materials that need to be salvaged for reuse should be identified early in the design process so contractors performing the demolition/deconstruction work know to carefully remove them without damage. Please contact the NC State Construction Shop for assistance in removing materials for reuse.
If the material cannot be reused within the current, or future projects, University Surplus Property Services also allows for material to be reused through public sales. Common materials that Surplus might accept include:
- Cabinets and shelves that are not built-in
- Sinks and water fountains
- Paper towel dispensers
- ADA handrails
- Brick pavers
- Certain light fixtures
- Electronic equipment
- Dry erase boards, chalkboards, and cork boards
If there are reusable materials that University Surplus Property Services cannot accept, it may be possible for a local non-profit organization to take them. Please contact Adam Bensley, WRR Waste Diversion Coordinator, for assistance in working with local non-profits.
Recycling is the second priority of diverting demolition waste from the landfill.
Certain materials, such as carpet tile, cubicle walls, and ceiling tiles can be taken back and recycled by the vendor who is providing the new materials. Please identify these materials early in the design process and check with vendors to see if they have a take-back and/or recycling programs in place. If so, contractors performing the demolition/deconstruction work know to carefully remove these materials without damage.
Materials sorted on-site yield the highest potential for diversion through recycling. Common source separated materials include:
- Scrap metal
- Rigid plastics
- Untreated/unpainted dimensional lumber
- Asphalt, including pavement and shingles
WRR offers rental services of dumpsters and rolloffs to assist with on-site source separation. Please use this Rolloff Checklist Form that provides important information for when you need to schedule a rolloff for your upcoming project.
Materials that cannot be reused or recycled will need to be sent to a construction and demolition processing facility. NC State currently has a state-contract with Waste Industries.
Construction, demolition, and renovation debris are prohibited from being placed in campus waste and/or recycling dumpsters.
Small projects performed by NC State may use the Dearstyne Convenience Site for all construction and demolition waste and recycling. Please note that if waste generated fills more than 1 pick-up truck per day, project materials will be denied access to Dearstyne. Please contact us for more information. Click here for a list of local construction and demolition material recyclers that may be used for larger projects.