Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is generated during the construction, renovation and demolition of buildings, roads and bridges. This debris can include:
It is estimated that C&D debris comprised more than 34 percent (3.2 million tons) of all of the waste that was disposed of in South Carolina in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017). Most C&D debris can be reused or recycled – resulting in significant environmental benefits as well as economic advantages for builders and contractors.
Like other states, South Carolina faces two major obstacles in its efforts to increase recovery and recycling of C&D debris: inefficiency and lack of demand. It is often more efficient and less expensive for contractors/builders to dispose of material rather than investing time to separate, store and find a market for it.