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A recent Newburyport News article featured developer, George Haseltine’s recent deconstructed a home in Newburyport. Haseltine diverted the lumber from disposal, instead donating it to EcoBuilding Bargains for resale., Haseltine could receive a $84,500 tax credit for this donation if he makes a profit from the construction. EcoBuilding Bargains sells the used building materials at discount prices in Springfield, Massachusetts, and is an enterprise of the Center for EcoTechnology.

Many developers and contractors, like Haseltine, recognize the importance of diverting their salvageable materials from the landfill.  RecyclingWorks is currently 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. These meetings include:

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

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

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

The full list of stakeholder meetings about C&D materials reuse and recycling is available on the RecyclingWorks website. Please attend one of the meetings to share your experience with these or other issues related to diverting construction and demolition materials from disposal.

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