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Construction industry -- Waste disposal -- Oregon -- Portland, Construction and demolition debris -- Recycling -- Oregon -- Portland, Sustainable development -- Oregon -- Portland


According to the City of Portland’s Office of Sustainable Development (OSD), construction, remodeling, and demolition (CR&D) waste comprises 20 percent of the City’s waste stream. Additionally, per capita waste generation in this sector is increasing faster than in the residential or commercial sectors. However, the current amount of CR&D waste that is landfilled can be reduced: 90 percent of the waste from a typical project can be diverted from landfill disposal. Although OSD currently requires that 50 percent of CR&D waste from every project is recycled, the City estimates that contractors recycle slightly less than this. OSD’s Portland Recycles! Plan (PRP) mandates that CR&D waste that contractors recycle or salvage and reuse increase to 75 percent of the total weight of a project’s waste by 2015. This document synthesizes the findings of Project Team Bin Half Full (BHF) and provides recommendations to help general contractors meet OSD’s new mandate. Additional recommendations for haulers, facilities, policy makers and the recycling process are also provided. This project was conducted under the supervision of Sy Adler and Ethan Seltzer.


Client: City of Portland's Office of Sustainable Development


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