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Construction and Demolition Debris

Construction and demolition debris is uncontaminated solid waste resulting from the construction, remodeling, repair and demolition of utilities, structures and roads; and uncontaminated solid waste resulting from land clearing. Such waste includes, but is not limited to:

  • bricks, concrete and other masonry materials
  • soil and rock
  • wood (including painted, treated and coated wood and wood products)
  • land clearing debris
  • wall coverings, plaster, drywall, plumbing fixtures, non-asbestos insulation
  • roofing shingles and other roof coverings
  • asphaltic pavement
  • glass
  • plastics that are not sealed in a manner that conceals other wastes
  • empty buckets ten gallons or less in size and having no more than one inch of residue remaining on the bottom
  • electrical wiring and components containing no hazardous liquids, and pipe and metals that are incidental to any of the above.

Solid waste that is not Construction and Demolition debris

Solid waste that is not construction and demolition debris (even if resulting from the construction, remodeling, repair and demolition of utilities, structures and roads and land clearing) includes, but is not limited to:

  • asbestos waste
  • garbage
  • corrugated container board
  • electrical fixtures containing hazardous liquids such as fluorescent light ballasts or transformers
  • fluorescent lights
  • carpeting, furniture
  • appliances
  • tires
  • drums
  • containers greater than ten gallons in size, any containers having more than one inch of residue remaining on the bottom and fuel tanks.

Also specifically excluded from the definition of construction and demolition debris is solid waste (including what otherwise would be construction and demolition debris) resulting from any processing that renders individual waste components unrecognizable, such as pulverizing or shredding, at a facility that is not a department-approved C&D debris processing facility. Also, waste contained in an illegal disposal site may be considered C&D debris if the department determines that such waste is similar in nature and content to C&D debris.

Land Clearing Debris

This is vegetative matter, soil and rock resulting from activities such as land clearing and grubbing, utility line maintenance or seasonal or storm-related cleanup such as trees, stumps, brush and leaves and including wood chips generated from these materials. Land clearing debris does not include yard waste which has been collected at the curbside.


More about Construction and Demolition Debris:

  • Lumber Pressure Treated With Chromated Copper Arsenate - Information on lumber that has been pressure treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA).
  • Asbestos - General information from federal, state and local agencies involved in regulating asbestos containing material, including abatement, removal and transportation.
  • Creosote - General information on creosote and products treated with or containing creosote, including Frequently Asked Questions and a brief description of Article 27 Title 25 of the New York State Law.
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