The Pros & Cons of Separating C&D
Source-separation, commingled recycling, and C&D. If it seems like I’m speaking another language, that’s OK we’ll define these terms. Before we define these terms, I want to make one simple statement: More common than not, the source-separation of C&D materials is more cost-effective than commingled recycling and certainly more cost-effective than the disposal of the C&D materials.
What is the Source-Separation of C&D Materials?
Source-separation is simply a single kind of of construction and demolition (C&D) material that has been separated from the rest of C&D materials before transporting it to a recycling facility. For instance, if you demolish a concrete building you may source-separate the wood from the concrete.
What is Commingled C&D?
Commingled C&D refers to recyclable C&D that contains a mixture of different types of recyclable materials. Often times, commingled C&D materials are taken to a sorting facility where they are separated for recycling.
What Does C&D mean?
C&D is an acronym for construction and demolition.
Pros & Cons of Source Separation
- More cost-effective
- Higher average recycling rate
- Creates better markets for recycled marterials
- Require more space for separated materials
- More time & work involved in separation
Pros & Cons of Commingled Recycling
- Less space for recycling containers and materials
- Lower recycling rate
- Recyclable materials are often disposed of
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