How Much Waste Does a Renovation Create?


This post is by Tessa Di Grandi from Visual Capitalist


The following content is sponsored by Northstar Clean Technologies

How Much Waste Does a Renovation Create?

In 2020, the U.S. home remodeling market surpassed a massive $340 billion and is predicted to continue rising at a compound annual growth rate of over 4.1% between 2021 and 2027, according to Global Market Insights.

The problem is home renovations produce a significant amount of waste. In fact, renovations can generate approximately 60 pounds of waste per square foot on average.

With this expected growth in the remodeling market, contractors will need to find new ways to repurpose renovation waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.

In this graphic by Northstar Clean Technologies, we show how much waste can be generated as a result of construction and demolition debris during renovations and how it can be reduced.

Construction and Demolition Waste

Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is estimated to make up nearly one-quarter of the total waste generated in the U.S. in a single year. 

Let’s take a look at the breakdown of total construction and demolition debris recorded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2018.

 Waste During Construction
(million tons)
Demolition Debris
(million tons)
Total C&D Debris
(million tons)
Concrete24.2381.0405.2
Wood Products3.437.440.8
Drywall and Plasters3.911.315.2
Steel04.74.7
Brick and Clay Tile (Read more...)