The Impact of the CDRA | CDRA Accomplishments

CDRA Involvement in the C&D Recycling Industry

Describing all the success and work done by the CDRA would be impossible, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The CDRA has worked in several states to advocate the viewpoint of C&D recyclers at all levels of government. This remains a core action of the CDRA.
  • CDRA secured a commitment from the U.S. EPA to relax its proposed rule on lead-based paint. As initially promulgated, the regulation would have negatively impacted the industry.
  • This association has had state legislation passed that would promote the use of recycled aggregates, and has worked with regulators in many states to develop regulations that are fair to recyclers. Because the CDRA is recognized as the leading authority on C&D recycling, these regulators usually call on the CDRA for direction.
  • CDRA responded to the Connecticut Public Utilities Commission on whether to issue credits for the use of C&D wood as a fuel product. Legislation later made sure this happened.
  • This association is fighting New Hampshire legislation that bans the use of C&D wood as a fuel product. This effort includes the development of a life cycle analysis (available to CDRA members and government regulators) for the use of C&D wood as a fuel product, whether it is better to use it as a fuel or landfill it.
  • CDRA was awarded a second US EPA grant to work to overcome barriers to the acceptance of post-consumer recycled asphalt shingles.
  • Since 2005 the CDRA has presented a biennial shingle recycling conference in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration. Plans are currently underway for the 7th Asphalt Shingle Recycling  Forum, which will be held in the Chicago area on October 29–30, 2015.
  • The CDRA issued two documents; Best Practices Guide for Recycling Asphalt Shingles and Environmental Issues Associated With Recycling Asphalt Shingles.


  • CDRA worked with the Army Corp of Engineers to study the effects of crushing concrete and asphalt containing lead-based paint. Some regulators have questioned the safety of this process.
  • Ongoing efforts include working with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to identify barriers to increase recycled concrete usage in highway projects. This includes understanding state Department of Transportation (DOT) objections and obstacles.
  • The CDRA has completed a project to answer state DOT concerns regarding pH runoff at road projects using recycled concrete as roadbase.
  • In 2012, CDRA issued a white paper entitled, “Recycled Concrete Aggregate: A Sustainable Choice for Unbound Base.”


  • CDRA will develop a drywall recycling conference in concert with the U.S. EPA.
  • The CDRA website, was upgraded in 2009 and again in 2013 to provide the best information about this difficult to recycle material.
  • CDRA will continue to focus on maintaining a vision for the future for C&D debris recycling over disposal.