Recent News from EPA on C&D and Updates to the ReCon Tool

30 Mar 2020

Construction and Demolition Debris Management in the United States
EPA recently released a document that estimates the 2015 mass quantities of construction and demolition debris (CDD) material directed to landfills or intended for next use in the United States. This memo builds on a 2019 Waste Management journal article by using the CDDPath methodology. For more information, see Construction and Demolition Debris Management in the United States, 2015

EPA Updates the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool 
EPA created the Recycled Content (ReCon) Tool to help companies and individuals estimate environmental impacts from purchasing and/or manufacturing materials with varying degrees of post-consumer recycled content. Estimates provided by the ReCon Tool are intended to support voluntary reporting initiatives, as well as such initiatives as EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines Program.

ReCon and the Waste Reduction Model (WARM) were developed for purchasers and waste managers, respectively. ReCon calculates the benefits of alternative recycled content purchasing decisions. WARM, on the other hand, calculates the benefits of alternative end-of-life waste management decisions. Both tools calculate the benefits of an alternative scenario versus a baseline (business-as-usual) scenario. The ReCon Tool has been updated with data from WARM, version 15, and is now available as a web-based calculator (in addition to an Excel version).