A rising number of contractors are recycling or reusing construction materials through green deconstruction, easing landfill burden and capitalizing on resources. About 90% of construction materials, including wiring, metal, concrete, wood, and windows can be salvaged for landscaping materials and reuse in other projects. While dry wall is not currently recyclable, Arizona general contractor Dough Minnear says he hopes his county can soon develop a recycling plan for the sheet rock.
On a statewide level, California and Massachusetts mandate the reuse of building materials. Austin, TXannounced in November that construction projects larger than 5,000 square feet are required to recycle half of their scraps. Some other states like Arizona have businesses that are taking the initiative to repurpose building materials.