National Demolition Association declares environmental
stewardship as top priority
The National Demolition Association has identified environmental
stewardship as one of its top priorities in the next decade. To communicate
its stance on issues such as the recycling of demolition debris and the
selective salvaging of materials from a structure for reuse, often called
“deconstruction,” the Association offers two White Papers free of charge
that shed light on these complex issues.
The National Demolition Association makes the case for a successful government-industry
partnership in achieving a substantial growth in the percent of demolition
debris being recycled in the White Paper Demolition Industry Promotes
C&D Recycling. Although demolition providers routinely reuse or recycle
approximately 75% of the estimated 115 million tons of demolition debris
generated annually, the Association would like to see that percentage
increase. The White Paper outlines the current state of construction
and demolition (C&D) recycling in the United States and proposes
the critical step of developing a National C&D Recycling Policy.
The report Demolition: The First Step of Reconstruction, the National
Demolition Association explains the similarities and differences between
a process called “deconstruction,” and demolition. Deconstruction, also
known as hand demolition, is nothing new to the demolition industry.
It involves the methodical disassembly of structures to provide the highest
possible rate of reuse and recovery. However, the realities facing most
site owners include tight timelines, stringent financing schedules, and
difficult security issues. The White Paper delves into the controversy,
its impact on the safety of workers and the environment, and how modern
demolition practices achieve an outstanding level of recycling and reuse.
Both papers are available from the National Demolition by calling 800-541-2412.