1 MARCH 2002
Demolition refers to the razing of a building with heavy equipment in such a way that the
building components are rendered into rubble and are fit for nothing more than landfill.
Recycling includes diverting materials that are not reusable in their current form from
the solid waste stream and using these extracted materials as feedstock for
reprocessing into useful products.
Recovery includes the removal of materials or components from the solid waste stream
in a manner that retains its original form and identity, for the purpose of reuse in the
same or similar form as it was produced.
Deconstruction means systematic dismantling of a building, preserving the integrity of
the materials, with the goal of maximizing the recovery of salvageable materials for
potential reuse and recycling.