Construction Waste

Recycling and reusing construction materials is an essential part of reducing the amount of resources that end up in landfills. 


Take Action Before You Start

1. Materials

  • Ask your contractor what materials will be used and which ones are recyclable.
  • Ask yourself if any of the materials be purchased from reuse or salvage facilities, such as the RE Store.

2. Recycling

  • Hire a hauler, ask your garbage collection company about recycling opportunities, or haul it yourself to a legally permitted disposal site, drop box, or facility.

3. Space / Set-up

  • Set up enough space ahead of time for recycling.
  • Find out if the recyclables can be commingled or if they need to be separated (depends on how / what you will recycle).

Need Help?

The Whatcom County Health Department offers free consulting and technical assistance regarding reuse, recycling, or disposal of construction and demolition debris. For assistance call 360-778-6000.

Reuse & Salvage Facilities

RE Store: Phone: 360-647-5921

Non-profit with licensed salvage and demolition crew. Accepts a wide range of used building materials for resale to the public. Donated material is tax-deductible. Pick-up and removal available.

Hazardous Waste Products

Disposal of oil-based paint, paint thinner, mercury switches, and related hazardous construction materials in the garbage is not safe for humans or the environment, and is illegal.

Here are some recommendations from Whatcom County’s Disposal of Toxics Program:

Paint Thinner & Turpentine

Reuse as much as possible. After pouring off clear thinner into a clean, labeled container for reuse, reseal the remaining sludge and dispose of unusable liquid or solids at the Disposal of Toxics facility (directions below).

Other Construction Wastes

Take remaining hazardous materials, including mercury switches, roofing tar, construction adhesives, caulks, resins, fluorescent tubes, paint-stripper residues, rags contaminated with paint solvents, and lead based-paint chips to Disposal of Toxics (call first for more information and prior-approval).



The Washington PaintCare program provides free disposal and recycling for architectural paints. Find out where you can dispose of old paint at Washington PaintCare.

Commercial Construction Recycling

SSC and Lautenbach Recycling offer construction waste recycling bins for job sites.