What do I do with…?

House being Demolished

Construction & Demolition Debris

What is construction and demolition debris? Known as C&D debris, it is any waste that is generated from putting up, fixing up, and tearing down buildings.

Why is it a problem? The EPA estimates that C&D debris generated in the United States is more than twice the amount of municipal solid waste, which is what people discard at homes & businesses every day.

Examples: aluminum, asphalt, brick, buckets, cardboard, carpet and carpet padding, concrete, land clearing debris, lumber, pallets, paper, pipe, plastic, plaster, rock, roof tile, steel, shingles, tile, wallboard


  • Consider whether your building project is necessary

  • Try to use the least amount of materials as possible

    • Try to reduce the amount of leftover materials you produce

    • Buy or order only as much as you need - avoid excess materials

  • Reevaluate the amount of space/amenities you need



  • Pacific Steel buys some scrap metals (Call for acceptance policy) :

    • Appliances & tin

    • Ferrous – mild steel, carbon steel, stainless steel, cast iron, wrought iron

    • Non-Ferrous – aluminum, copper, brass, die cast, radiators, stainless steel, catalytic converters


Habitat for Humanity ReStore and Donation Center
3655 Highway 200 East
(406) 549-8215

Heritage Timber Building 27341 Blixit Creek Road(406) 830-3966

Home ReSource
1515 Wyoming St
(406) 541-8300

Montana Deconstruction Services
406- 880-0404

Pacific Steel
2828 Palmer
(406) 542-0381

Waste Less Works
2604 Industry Way
Materials: (406) 823-0691
(406) 396-1710

Additional info

In 2016, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency adopted a Demolition Alternatives Policy “to encourage conservation, sustainability and the reuse of existing structures and materials.” The Development Services Deconstruction Resource Guide is a resource for applicants requesting tax increment assistance for the removal of structures on a redevelopment project.

Interested in learning more about deconstruction? Check out the City of Missoula Deconstruction Resource Guide.