Construction and demolition (C&D) waste pose serious environmental and material challenges. Heaps of concrete, bricks, and metal waste from building construction and infrastructure choke our water bodies, green areas and public spaces in cities and outside. Huge amounts of toxic dust particles from the debris pollute the air. Rules to manage this waste were notified in 2016, but their implementation on the ground has remained a challenge. Recent critical policy developments are now expected to have a strong bearing on acceleration of C&D waste management in cities.