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When a building is torn down, where does all that debris go?

Merton Vance

It varies by project, but some building materials get recycled and some end up in landfills designated for construction and demolition debris.

John Hubbard, director of the New Hanover County Department of Environmental Management, said the county landfill recycles drywall, wood, metals and appliances. Other debris goes into the landfill.

He said the county would like to expand recycling for construction debris, but the extra equipment and employees would be expensive.

Some other debris is recycled in other ways. The Brunswick County landfill sells crushed concrete, which can be used in other construction.

The Habitat for Humanity program in Wilmington also accepts donations of usable building materials for use in building Habitat for Humanity houses. Erin Glew, who coordinates donations for the Habitat Home Store at 1208 S. Third St., said anyone who would like to find out more information on donations can call the store at 762-4744.

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