Construction/Demolition Reuse and Recycling

Reusing and recycling construction and demolition (C&D) materials in Colorado have come a long way in the past decade.  This practice can cut overall project expenses by:

  • avoiding disposal and purchasing costs,
  • generating revenue from materials sold,
  • creating opportunities for tax breaks through material donations.

Other benefits include conserving landfill space, reducing and avoiding the environmental effects of manufacturing new building products, and enhancing your company's public image.

Many projects at CU and in the region are recovering a majority of materials but there is room to improve.  Colorado, Boulder County, the city of Boulder and the university support C&D recycling and building codes emphasizing reuse and recycling.

This recycling guide will help you recover more materials costs effectively.  It includes lists of reuse and recycling options and helpful local and national resources.

Reuse at the Job Site

This is a partial checklist of the types of waste reduction and recycling commonly performed at CU.  See how many can be completed at your CU project:

  • Recover dimension lumber, beams, and timbers over 6' in length.
  • Salvage usable bricks, blocks, tile, and other masonry materials.
  • Separate metal radiators, grates, piping, aluminum siding, and old appliances for salvage or recycling.
  • Recover serviceable cabinets, light fixtures, bathtubs, sinks, hardware, nails, screws and plumbing fittings.
  • Reuse joint compound buckets for tool or material storage by clients or crews.

Recycling at the Job Site

  • Make plans for recycling materials before your construction project begins.
  • Do not dispose of any construction materials in landfill containers.
  • Deliver concrete and asphalt for re-grinding.
  • Deliver branches and trees from brush clearing for mulching or composting.
  • Flatten and transport cardboard boxes.
  • Recycle food and beverage containers.
  • Separate metals for recycling and deliver to receive the greatest recovery value.
  • Deliver serviceable wood pallets to recyclers.
  • Deliver clean wood waste (pallets, non-treated dimensional, trim, sheathing, engineered wood) for grinding and reuse.

Save or properly dispose of unused portions of paints, stains, solvents and sealants.  Rechargeable batteries from portable power tools should be stored in approved containers.


Resources

Websites:

Sample voluntary reporting form, please click here

CU Environmental Health and Safety Office: http://www.colorado.edu/ehs/

Facilities Waste Reduction and Recycling Appendix:
http://www.colorado.edu/facilitiesmanagement/pdc/construction/standards/appendices.html

Denver/Boulder Directory of Construction Recycling:
http://www.colorado.edu/facilitiesmanagement/about/conservation/documents/2010-6_recycled_construction_materials_issue_1.0.pdf

Programs around the U.S.: http://www.recyclecddebris.com/rCDd/Resources/Links.aspx

Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/rrr/imr/cdm/index.htm

Local Phone Contacts:

CU Recycling Center 303.492.8307
CU Environmental Health and Safety 303.492.6025
Boulder County Resource Conservation        303.564.2220
Eco-Cycle 303.444.6634
ReSource Yard 303.419.5418
Western Disposal 303.444.2037

   

Boulder - Denver Area

Recycling Materials and Company Information

Materials  Company  Location & Distance (miles from CU)  Contact
Asphalt Allied Recycled Aggregates 7901 U.S. Highway 85 Commerce City,CO
80037  (27.5)
303.289.3366
Asphalt Oxford Recycling Inc. 2400 West Oxford Avenue, Englewood, CO 
80110  (35.6) 
303.762.1160
Asphalt R Rock Yard Inc. 16140 Old Denver Road, Monument, CO
80132  (80.9) 
719.488.0928
Asphalt Recycled Materials Company Inc. 5500 Fenton St Arvada, CO
80002  (21.0)
303.423.2736
Building
Materials
Brothers Redevelopment 2250 Eaton St. Garden Level, Suite B, Denver, CO
80214  (24.3) 
303.202.6340
Building
Materials
Bud's Warehouse 4455 E. 46th Ave. Denver, CO
80216  (26.1) 
303.296.3990
Building
Materials
Flatirons Habitat ReStore and Thrift/Habitat for Humanity 6900 West 117th Avenue, Broomfield, CO
80020  (14.1)
303.404.2008
Building
Materials
ReSource Sales Yard 6400 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO
80303  (4.3)
303.419.5418
Building
Materials
Waste-Not Recycling 1065 Poplar Street, Loveland, CO
80534  (41.6)
970.669.9912
Building
Materials
Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Carpet CRS - Colorado Recycling Services 1865 W Union Ave, Unit T, Englewood, CO
80110  (36.1)
303.942.1918
Carpet Pad Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Ceiling Tiles CRS - Colorado Recycling Services 1865 W Union Ave, Unit T, Englewood, CO 
80110  (36.1)
303.942.1918
Concrete Allied Recycled Aggregates 7901 U.S. Highway 85 Commerce City, CO 
80037  (27.5)
303.289.3366
Concrete Oxford Recycling Inc. 2400 West Oxford Avenue, Englewood, CO 
80110  (35.6) 
303.762.1160
Concrete R Rock Yard Inc. 16140 Old Denver Road, Monument, CO
80132  (80.9) 
719.488.0928
Concrete Recycled Materials Company Inc. 5500 Fenton St Arvada, CO
80002  (21.0)
303.423.2736
Concrete Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Glass
(containers) 
CU Recycling Intermediate Processing Facility 2290 Stadium Drive, Boulder, CO
80303  (0.0)
303.492.5321
Glass R Rock Yard Inc. 16140 Old Denver Road, Monument, CO
80132  (80.9) 
719.488.0928
Insulation Brothers Redevelopment 2250 Eaton St. Garden Level, Suite B, Denver, CO
80214  (24.3) 
303.202.6340
Insulation ReSource Sales Yard 6400 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO 
80303  (4.3)
303.419.5418
Insulation Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Metal Atlas Metal and Iron Corporation 1100 Umatilla, Denver, CO
80204  (29.3)
303.825.7166
Metal CU Recycling Intermediate Processing Facility 2290 Stadium Drive, Boulder, CO 
80303  (0.0)
303.492.5321
Metal Iron and Metals Inc. 5555 Franklin Street, Denver, CO
80216  (24.1)
303.292.5555
Metal R Rock Yard Inc. 16140 Old Denver Road, Monument, CO
80132  (80.9) 
719.488.0928
Metal Rocky Mountain Recycling 6510 Brighton Blvd. Commerce City, CO
80022  (25.6)
303.288.6868
Metal Western Aluminum Recycling 3280 Valmont Road, Unit C, Boulder, CO
80301-2160  (2.8)
303.447.0252
Plastic CU Recycling Intermediate Processing Facility 2290 Stadium Drive, Boulder, CO 
80303  (0.0)
303.492.5321
Plastic Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Ctr. for Hard to Recycle Materials) 5030 "old" Pearl Street, Boulder, CO
80301  (3.6)
303.444.6634
Plastic Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Porcelain Brothers Redevelopment 2250 Eaton St. Garden Level, Suite B, Denver, CO
80214  (24.3) 
303.202.6340
Porcelain Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Ctr. for Hard to Recycle Materials) 5030 "old" Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 
80301  (3.6)
303.444.6634
Porcelain Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037
Wood A1 Organics 8200 E. 56th Ave., Denver, CO
80216  (28.9)
800.776.1644
Wood Boulder Clean Wood Waste Drop-off Facility 5880 Butte Mill Rd., Boulder, CO
80301  (4.6)
303.444.2037
Wood Oxford Recycling Inc. 2400 West Oxford Avenue, Englewood, CO 
80110  (35.6) 
303.762.1160
Wood ReSource Sales Yard 6400 Arapahoe Rd. Boulder, CO 
80303  (4.3)
303.419.5418
Wood Western Disposal, Inc. 5880 Butte Mill Road, Boulder, CO 
80301  (4.5)
303.444.2037