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Recycling Our Cities: Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion Program

June 25, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

DiversionBy Deborah C. Stone
Chief Sustainability Officer and Director
Cook County Department of Environmental Control

Did you know that nationwide, about 40% by weight of material that goes into our landfills comes from buildings? Cook County has only one remaining open landfill, which will close soon, meaning our communities will pay more to transport trash, and cause more diesel emissions into our air.

According to the Building Material Reuse Association (BMRA), on average, 25% of a home’s materials by weight can be reused instead of being landfilled, thus diverting materials from the waste stream and generating economic development opportunities associated with reuse. The majority of the remaining materials can be recycled.
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