Waste Management

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OVERVIEW

Construction waste that goes to the landfill is a missed opportunity.

When materials are purchased for a job and then go unused or wasted, avoidable costs and environmental burdens result. Attention to construction waste management (CWM), especially when starting early in design, can reduce tipping fees and earn LEED credits.

It can also extract monetary value from scrap, and aesthetic value from architectural materials.