The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) defines construction and demolition waste as materials that consist of the debris generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges.
These materials include:
- Wood (from buildings)
- Asphalt (from roads and roofing shingles)
- Gypsum (the main component of drywall)
- Salvaged building components (doors, windows, and plumbing fixtures)
- Fill and rock from clearing sites
Starting in October 2019, every City of Philadelphia permit applicant for construction, demolition, or alteration (with the exception of projects that do not require plans) will need to identify in the permit application they submit to the City’s Department of Licenses of Inspection (L&I) the name and the commercial activity license number of the hauling company that will dispose of construction and demolition material from the permitted job site. The permit holder will NOT be able to obtain a permit without this information. Both the permit applicant and the hauler will also be responsible for maintaining all disposal tickets from the construction and demolition material disposal.
The U.S. EPA and the City of Philadelphia promote a sustainable materials management approach that identifies certain construction and demolition materials as commodities that can be used in new building projects, thus avoiding the need to mine and process virgin materials. For a list of companies that recycle these materials into reusable construction materials, please visit our list of Philadelphia Disposal, Recycling, and Donation Options (PDF) and click on the construction and demolition debris tab.