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New recycling regs hit some construction projects

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 by Elizabeth Pagano

In November, City Council approved new recycling requirements for some construction projects, which the Austin Monitor reported with our usual level of detailed enthusiasm. Those requirements are now out there in the world, and projects that are 5,000 square feet or larger will need to meet them for permits requested after Oct. 1. (However, the requirements do not yet apply to demolitions – that change starts in 2019.) Essentially, contractors whose projects apply now have two options. They can divert at least half of a project’s debris away from the landfill and to recycling, reuse or salvage, or they can work to dispose of no more than 2.5 pounds per square foot. That’s the basic idea, but there are a lot more details, which can be found online here.

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