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Goldberg General Contracting

Year Submitted: 2014

Process: Recycling

Industry: Construction

Location: Chicago IL

Contact: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center


This case study is one in a series developed by Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois to highlight techniques for saving money and protecting the environment through reuse and recycling of construction and demolition debris. Goldberg General Contracting was the lead contractor for the two-story 2,675 square foot home that was built to LEED- H Platinum requirements. The home incorporated a variety of site-related green products including 100% pervious paving, two green roofs, solar panels, and a zero-turf landscape design. Due to the site restriction, it was not possible to have more than one roll-off box on site. As a result, the builder contracted with a recycling facility for hauling and recycling of commingled waste, which, with the exception of food waste, could all be placed in a single roll-off box. The commingled construction waste was hauled to the recycling facility for material sorting and recycling. The major advantages to commingling construction waste are that trade contractors do not need to alter their job-site practices, which in turn eliminates the need for (a) recycling signage and associated costs, (b) training trade contractors and delivery personnel as to site recycling practices, and (c) monitoring the roll-off box for content contamination.

P2 Application:

Goldberg General Contracting recycled or reused 34.10 tons of the 38.92 tons of mixed construction and demolition waste generated for a waste reduction of 87.64%. Only 4.82 tons of waste material was hauled for landfill--the equivalent of one of the 12 roll-off boxes hauled from the site. Through recycling, the site was able to save $736 when recycling benefits and the avoided disposal costs were combined.

  • Total Cost Savings: $736.00
  • Comments:

Details of Reductions

  • 0.9 - ton of   Metals
  • 24.8 - ton of   Wood
  • 4.1 - ton of   OCC
  • 4.3 - ton of   Inert

Additional Information :

Project: Residential two-story LEED-H home (2,675 sq. ft.)           

Work Site: Urban

Completion: March 2009

Waste Reduction:

" 87.64 % at substantial completion.

" 34.10 tons of inert, wood, metal, and cardboard reused or recycled.

" 4.82 tons hauled to landfill.

Cost Savings: $736

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