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RecyclingWorks is developing best management practices for building professionals to increase recycling and reuse of construction and demolition (C&D) materials. RecyclingWorks is coordinating a series of stakeholder meetings that will inform the development of this guidance. Through these meetings, RecyclingWorks is learning about reuse and recycling of these materials from the experience of contractors, architects, C&D haulers and processors, salvage outlets, and others involved in the C&D waste stream.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Reuse: Connecting with salvage outlets to capture reusable materials
  • Source separation: What materials make sense to separate on-site and at what project scale?
  • C&D processing: Best practices for capturing high-value materials at comingled sorting facilities.

Please attend one of the meetings to share your experience with these or other issues related to diverting construction and demolition materials from disposal.

Central Mass C&D Stakeholder Meeting
Date: September 22, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: MassDEP Central Regional Office, Worcester

Western Mass C&D Stakeholder Meeting
Date: November 10, 2016
Time: 2:30pm – 4:00pm
Location: EcoBuilding Bargains, Springfield


This topic will also be on the agenda of these other fall 2016 RecyclingWorks events:

RecyclingWorks College and University Fall Forum on October 25, at UMass Lowell.

WasteWise Fall Forum on December 1, at Raytheon in Tewksbury


RecyclingWorks is also partnering with various associations to include discussing C&D material recycling on the agenda of association meetings. The following such meetings are open to the general public.

C&D Focus Group at NESEA Pro Tour
A focus group on C&D materials will precede NESEA’s Pro Tour of Wayland’s First Passive House. This house was deconstructed piece-by-piece and the materials sold for reuse. Register for the NESEA Pro Tour to attend this focus group.
Date: October 21, 2016
Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Peace Lutheran Church, Wayland

C&D Workshop at Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
Workshop to discuss reuse and recycling of construction materials on Cape Cod.
Date: November 9, 2016
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am
Location: Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, Barnstable

C&D Materials Discussion at Boston Society of Architects (BSA)
The BSA Committee on the Environment (COTE) is hosting a meeting on C&D materials that is open to the public. The registration link will soon be available on the BSA website.
Date: November 30, 2016
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Boston Society of Architects, Boston

If you are involved in an association and would like to add this topic to the agenda for an upcoming meeting, please contact RecyclingWorks: or 888-254-5525.

RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts is a recycling assistance program for businesses and institutions. If you need assistance with setting up a composting or recycling program, call our hotline: (888) 254-5525 or email us at