Natural Resources Defense Council BUILDING GREEN FROM PRINCIPLE TO PRACTICE
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MAKING SMART USE OF MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Before you pay dearly to have every old brick and beam hauled away from your site, remember that up to 75 percent or more of the waste from a deconstructed building can be reused or recycled.

Create and implement a waste management plan that calls for reusing or recycling as many items as possible from a deconstruction site and you'll save money on waste disposal and materials and help reduce the strain on landfills.

And to ease the environmental impacts of a building project even further, make use of materials made with recycled content, limit the use of wood and wood products and request FSC-certified wood from a sustainable, well-managed forest.
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