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Materials from duplex demolition to be sold or recycled

Castro Valley effort will keep 80% of debris from landfills

Materials from a residential duplex in Castro Valley slated for demolition will be recycled, reducing the amount of waste from the demolition process by 80 percent, Alameda County Redevelopment Agency officials said yesterday.

Instead of a "traditional" demolition where are all materials are combined and sent to a landfill, the duplex at 20853 and 20855 Wilbeam Ave. will be deconstructed, meaning the materials will be sorted to determine what is recyclable, agency officials said.

The duplex is being torn down to make room for a shared parking lot for downtown Castro Valley Boulevard's commercial district.

Materials will be sorted at the site into salvageable, recyclable or waste categories, according to the redevelopment agency.

All salvageable items will be sold for reuse and the remainder will be recycled or disposed of.

A walk-thru of the building will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

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