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How much C&D debris do construction projects in Alameda County generate?

In 2017, StopWaste analyzed 2,000 construction and demolition waste management plans from five Alameda County cities for the years 2014-2017. 

The data analysis included tons generated (disposed + recycled), project square footage, and project and building types. This table provides estimates for construction and demolition waste generation based on building and project type.

C&D waste generation estimates for the 10 most common building/project types in Alameda County1

What are the climate change benefits of C&D reuse and recycling?

When organic materials such as wood and cardboard break down in landfills, they produce methane, which is 20 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Landfills account for 34% of methane emissions in the United States, so reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recycling 1 ton of cardboard boxes, for example, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 4 tons of carbon dioxide.

Where else can I get information about C&D reuse and recycling?

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