Over a three (3) month period September 2022 – November 2022, the deconstruction pilot at 6 Nora’s Lane (Figure 1) diverted approximately 10 tons of materials from landfills. This represents nearly 23.5t CO2-eq or 4.6 homes’ electricity usage for a year or 1,100+ household trash bags.
Over 10 tons of materials were diverted from the waste stream as a result of the pilot
Approximately 7 tons of mixed C&D materials were sent for disposal rather than recycling. Recycling of mixed C&D from deconstruction projects would improve recycling rates for these types of projects.
The Recycling Rate for the pilot is 59% which is above the national target of 50%. Recycling rates from future projects can be increased by sending mixed C&D materials for recycling on the mainland.
This model can be replicated on Martha’s Vineyard and other areas of the Northeast.
The keystone to ensuring success of on-site source separation in deconstruction projects is a dedicated on-site project manager, such as SMCo.
The value of reclaimed materials paid for more than 3/4 of the costs associated with the reclamation efforts.