The good news is that there is a growing movement around the country–and particularly in Washington State–to do a better job of recycling construction debris.
On Orcas we have a constant flow of C&D material, mostly from home building and remodeling. While a significant amount of it comes to ORS/The Exchange, the vast majority is collected on job sites in large steel containers by San Juan Sanitation. SJS hauls most of the material to a sorting and recycling facility owned by Lautenbach Industries in Burlington WA. Lautenbach does a great job of separating and recycling building materials.
The Exchange is always willing to look at construction materials and will take as much useful stuff as space allows. For a list of what we do and do not take, click here.
If you are starting a building project and expect to have large volumes of material you might want to speak with San Juan Sanitation about getting a waste container on your work site. You can learn more about that here.
For more on Lautenbach’s recycling facility click here.