What do I do with …?

Construction and Demolition Debris

Effective December 1, 2014, demolition debris mixed with clean wood may be disposed of in the landfill (previously, clean wood had to be separated from any demolition debris). Tipping fees for disposal will be charged to the transporter or generator of the demolition debris, unless, all of the following conditions are met:

  • The debris is generated by a homeowner in Caribou, Fort Fairfield, or Limestone;
  • The debris is from a project at the howeowner’s primary residence (not a rental or vacation property); and
  • The debris is transported by the homeowner in his/her own personal vehicle.

As always, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to call the landfill.

The Maine DEP must be notified before any commercial building is demolished. They will subsequently conduct an on-site inspection of the building to confirm the absence of asbestos or other hazardous materials. The Northern Maine Regional Office of the Maine DEP is located in Presque Isle and the telephone number is 764-0477. This requirement does not apply to residential structures, however, a voluntary notification is still recommended.

Wood from CDD may be disposed or buried only on the site from where it was generated, provided the area of disposal is less than one acre and there are no additional disposal areas on the property. Only wood wastes and wood from CDD generated on-site may be burned. Otherwise, the CDD waste must be disposed at a licensed disposal facility.

How much demolition debris will I have? Obviously, the amount of debris generated by a demolition project will vary according to the size, age, and construction materials of a building. However, a general rule-of-thumb is between 95-115 lbs. of debris per square foot of building area.