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.

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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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