C&D debris is a significant issue in the U.S. because of the enormous volume of C&D debris generated. A large fraction of C&D debris ends up in municipal solid waste landfills or in special C&D landfills, which may have the potential to contaminate groundwater. Also, each year, there is less land available for waste disposal. As a result, many state and local governments are seeking ways to divert C&D debris from land disposal, including the promotion of recycling. Also, Green Building programs exist where the focus is on minimizing the generation of wastes.
Use the resources below to find out more about how C&D materials are regulated in Tennessee and what opportunities exist for recycling. Also, check out the EPA resources for a national perspective on material recycling and minimizing waste generation.