Construction Waste Reduction Grants Awarded

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources has awarded $22,360 in grants to four construction waste reduction projects. The purpose of these grants is to provide builders with experience reusing and recycling building and demolition waste and to help foster businesses that recover and resell used building materials.

Grant funding was awarded to:

•ReCover Reuse Program of White River Junction to develop and implement a marketing plan for its used building materials store.

•DEW Construction Corporation of Williston to develop, implement and document a waste reduction program for the "deconstruction" of the Sanel Auto Parts building in Burlington, Vermont. The goal is to salvage and recycle 85 percent of the building's waste.

•ReCycle North of Burlington received two grants. One project will document and compare the costs of deconstructing versus demolishing four similar houses. This project represents a partnership between the Burlington International Airport, General Contracting Inc. of Essex Junction, who will do two traditional demolitions, and Recycle North that will do the remaining two houses as a deconstruction.

•The second grant award is for manufacturing and marketing products made from materials recovered through its deconstruction services business.

Reprinted with permission from the Northeast Recycling Council online newsletter November 2002.