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Starting January 1, 2010, the City of Madison will require the recycling of debris from construction, roofing, and remodeling projects. We will also require that demolition contractors report the results of their recycling efforts. This new ordinance was the result over one year of work by members of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee and representatives of the construction and remodeling industries.

Projects That Require Recycling

There are many type of projects that require recycling. The requirements vary according to the type of project.

New Construction

New construction projects that use concrete and steel support must recycle 70% or their construction debris by weight. New construction projects that use wood framing must recycle the following materials:
  • Clean Wood
  • Clean Drywall
  • Shingles
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Metal

Remodeling Projects

Remodeling projects with a value in excess of $20,000 must recycle the following materials:
  • Clean Wood
  • Clean Drywall
  • Shingles
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Metal

Demolition

Persons seeking a demolition permit must file a reuse and recycling plan with the Recycling Coordinator. For details call (608) 267-2626 or email gdreckmann@cityofmadison.com. For details go to the Demolition Recycling Plan.
Contractors or individuals holding Building Permits that require recycling can meet their recycling requirements in several ways. The easiest way to meet the recycling requirements is to take your debris to a City Certified Recycling Firm. The City of Madison has certified firms that can recycle mixed loads of debris as well as firms that recycle specific materials.