Construction and Demolition Recycling

Why choose us for construction and demolition recycling?

Dem-Con Recovery & Recycling was established in 1999 as one of the first facilities in the Twin Cities to recycle mixed construction debris. Over the past decade, processes have improved and currently, the facility has been expanded to nearly 40,000 sq. ft. of covered floor space dedicated to construction and demolition recovery. The facility was designed to be a comprehensive service center that accepts a wide range of materials.

view of recycling center

We’re LEED Certified!

We incorporate the latest technologies and strategies available in our market for recovery of construction materials. Monthly, we make available to all haulers that use our facility our monthly recovery numbers in our LEED Report. This meets LEED Green Building Certification and B3 State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines (B3-MSBG). Please contact us to learn more!

An additional LEED credit (1 point for recycling numbers, 1 point for bringing material to a registered facility) are available for haulers that utilize our facility.

Permit number: SW-555

Recycling Certification Institute logo

Dem-Con is proud to be certified by the Recycling Certification Institute. This 3rd party certification ensures our customers that Dem-Con’s recycling numbers are real, attainable, and accurate. You won’t find anyone with this certification anywhere else in the Twin Cities.

Sunlight hits scrap metal for recycling at the Dem-Con campus

Metal Recycling

With two convenient locations in Shakopee and Blaine, Dem-Con Metal Recycling is a full-service metal processing yard. This facility is open to the public and accepts ferrous and non-ferrous metals, autos and more. For more information, see Metal Recycling.

Acceptable Metals2024-02-20T15:35:56+00:00
  • Aluminum
  • Auto Batteries
  • Automotive Engines & Transmissions (All fluids must be drained)
    —please remove the drain plug or oil pan for inspection

  • Brass
  • Cars and Trucks (Must have titles)
    –Passenger Vehicles do not need to be drained
    –Oversized Vehicles (Please call)

  • Catalytic Converters (Proof of ownership required)
    —See Catalytic Converter Law/Policy

  • Copper
  • E-Scrap
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Small Engines/Power Equipment (All fluids must be drained)

  • Stainless Steel
  • Titanium
  • Zinc
Metals We Don’t Accept2024-02-20T15:30:22+00:00
  • Beer Kegs
  • Freon Appliances*

  • Jewelry
  • Hazardous Material
  • Items containing batteries
  • Items containing fluids (gas/diesel, oil, hydraulic fluid, etc. must be drained)
  • Non-Metallic Items
  • Propane Tanks
  • Radioactive Material
  • Railroad Scrap
  • Sewer Covers
  • Stolen Material
  • Street Signs

*Freon appliances include appliances like refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and water coolers. See Appliance Refrigerant Policy.

Materials Recovery Facility

Single Stream Recycling

Dem-Con is proud to offer single stream recycling to our customers and communities throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota and beyond. Our Materials Recovery Facility in Shakopee processes 125,000 tons per year and accepts commingled and source separated recyclables from residential and commercial sources. Our MRF is not open to the public, but we process curbside recycling brought to us by your local hauler.

Overhead view of inside the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Dem-Con
Shingle recycling area at Dem-Con

Shingle Recycling

We’ve developed a shingle processing business to promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. We accept asphalt shingles from manufacturer’s waste as well as tear-offs from roofing projects.

Through our shingle processing, we are able to conserve landfill airspace and reduce the use of virgin oil needed to manufacture hot mix asphalt.

Dem-Con was able to work closely with our partners at the MPCA, MnDOT, the hot-mix industry and equipment manufacturers to develop this product and meet the strict quality demands for use in hot-mix asphalt.

Wood Recycling

Our wood processing operation allows us to process wood to meet specific end market demands from our customers. We are able to meet specifications and supply wood for landscape mulch, erosion socks, bio-fuel, animal bedding, moisture absorption and more.

A CAT front loader mixes wood mulch
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