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Posted Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Pittsboro, NC - A recently adopted Construction and Demolition (C&D) Recycling Ordinance aims to reduce the amount of C&D debris headed to North Carolina landfills from Chatham County. The ordinance applies to any C&D projects 1,000 square feet or greater within the county’s unincorporated areas. Projects include construction, demolition, deconstruction, repairs, remodels, additions, or any other related activity requiring a building permit.
Beginning September 1, 2010, a C&D Recycling Document must be completed and signed by the Chatham County Waste Management Department before a building permit will be issued for relevant projects. The document asks applicants to provide details on the C&D debris they expect to generate and how it will be handled.
Mixed C&D debris must be transported by a C&D hauler licensed by the county. Licensed haulers have agreed to take mixed C&D debris to a licensed C&D facility with a demonstrated recycling rate of at least 30 percent. A list of licensed C&D haulers and facilities, applications, and all requirements are available on the Waste Management Department’s website. There is currently no fee to apply for a license.
Those who separate debris on the worksite will need to report how much material was salvaged and where it was taken. The Waste Management Department is building a database on its website of local organizations that will take materials for reuse, recycling, or composting. It will eventually include resources for green building, deconstruction, and waste reduction.
Any organization that wants to be listed as a local C&D resource for the builder community is encouraged to apply by filling in the appropriate form online.
The goal of the ordinance is to redirect salvageable material back into North Carolina’s economy, while also preserving landfill space and conserving resources. In 2008, approximately 3.5 million tons of C&D debris was generated in North Carolina, accounting for 30 percent of the disposed waste stream. Much of it includes recyclable items, such as wood, gypsum wallboard, cardboard, metals, asphalt shingles, concrete, brick and block.
To review the ordinance in its entirety, click here.
For additional information, contact Chatham County Waste Management at (919) 542-5516.
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