Chicago Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Ordinance
Chicago Requires 50% Recycling for Construction and Demolition Projects
The Department of Environment promotes the responsible separation and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) debris to help contractors and individuals save on costly disposal fees while protecting the environment.
The City of Chicago’s Construction and Demolition Waste Recycling Ordinance makes construction companies responsible for recycling 50% of the construction and demolition debris, measured by weight, produced on-site. Contractors are required to keep track of how much waste is generated at project sites and strive to meet the recycling goals set forth in the ordinance.
Ongoing documentation is required as proof of recycling and monitored by the City of Chicago. Lakeshore Recycling Systems (LRS) is prepared to collect all of your debris in one job site container, sort the materials at their recovery facility, and provide you with documentation. LRS makes this process simple and less time consuming for your project managers and on-site workers.
Description of C&D Debris
C&D debris includes waste from new construction, renovation, and demolition projects and may include:
- Bricks, concrete, rock, dirt, and other masonry materials (inert)
- Wood, including non-hazardous painted, treated, and coated wood
- Gypsum drywall
- Plumbing fixtures and piping
- Non-asbestos insulation
- Roofing shingles and other roof coverings
- Reclaimed asphalt pavement
- Cardboard, paper, and other packaging
- Scrap metal
- Landscape waste
- Ceiling tiles