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Construction and Recycling

Material from the construction, demolition and renovation of buildings does not have to all end up going to the landfill. Check out these resources to plan for your next residential or commercial construction project. 

When you deconstruct a building there is the opportunity to salvage valuable resources like lumber or fixtures.  However, when you demolish a building you end up with a mix of materials that might have been recyclable, but no longer can be diverted from waste. 

Taking some time to research before starting on your project to determine what is feasible within your budget. 

If you have questions about drywall recycling visit are dedicated page by clicking here.

Resources and Directory

This list is not complete and the SCRD appreciates any suggestions for additions to this page. 

Sunshine Coast Builder's Assocation
Visit http://coastbuilders.ca/ for more information about local businesses that you can contact to help plan your next project.

Metro Vancouver's Deconstruction and Demolition Toolkit
Metro Vancouver's toolkit has information about different materials that could be reusable and a list of service providers that can assist with deconstruction or have options for disposal.  
www.metrovancouver.org/services/solid-waste/SolidWastePublications/DLCToolkit.pdf

Salvage Market
Check online for salvage options.

Deconstruction
Look online for companies that offer "deconstruction" as opposed to demoliton.  This wayresources are removed from homes so they can be used in other construction projects.  Valuable timber and metal piping can likely be reused and holds a lot of value.

Living Building Challenge (LBC) Red List
The LBC Red List is an annually updated resource on chemicals that are determined to be hazardous to human health and the environment and may be of intereste when picking out materials for your renovation or construction projects. Visit 
https://living-future.org/declare/declare-about/red-list/ for more information.