Identifying Construction/Demolition Waste
Some construction/demolition wastes are hazardous, referred to as dangerous
wastes in Washington State. Demolition Contractors must determine by the waste
designation process if their demolition debris is dangerous waste. The most
common problem faced by demolition contractors is lead paint on a building
siding or interior.
Common Construction and Demolition Wastes describes wastes that are found in construction and demolition.
Responsibility for Demolition Waste
describes who is the "generator" of construction waste.
Sampling and Identifying Demolition Waste
In cases where a structure is being partially or completely demolished, the generator (both
property owner and contractor) needs to know if the demolition debris would designate as dangerous waste. Some older buildings may designate as
a dangerous waste, often because of lead paint issues. Representative samples
can be taken from buildings (painted with lead paint) prior to demolition.
Sampling Building Debris
for Dangerous Waste may help.
Wastes generated from remodeling, maintaining or renovating a residence are
excluded from the dangerous waste regulations, even if a contractor is doing the
work. Household hazardous waste is regulated by the local Solid Waste program. In the event an entire structure or part of
a structure, or a commercial structure, is being demolished, more stringent
Identify and Designate Waste describes
the step-by-step process for determining if a solid waste is a dangerous
waste and what kind it is. This makes it possible to assign Dangerous Waste codes,
the numbers used to identify it by law.
Sampling Building Debris
for Dangerous Waste
discusses procedures for this hard-to-sample waste stream.
Industry Compliance Assistance Center is a partnership of industry and
the Environmental Protection Agency that provides compliance guidance
for the construction industry
Property Managers Problem
Waste Fact Sheets
is an Ecology publication managing your properties requires also
managing the dangerous materials and wastes that are on the premises, to
avoid the potential risks to people and the environment. This guide is to
help you identify and properly manage common problem wastes.
Mercury-containing Light Bulbs and Tubes discusses this waste
stream from Ecology's Mercury Web site.
describes this waste stream on Ecology's Mercury Web site.
From the Environmental Protection Agency
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle—Construction & Demolition Materials
C&D Materials offers ways to produce less waste.
RCRA in Focus; Construction, Demolition, and Renovation Publication
(pdf) from EPA
Disaster Debris offers resources for communities trying to recover
from Ecology's Solid Waste and Financial Assistance Program
Download full-color Green Home Remodel Guides from King County and