It has only taken a few years for A.J. Osborne to be convinced that recycling concrete and asphalt has been a good sector for his company to have entered.
Osborne, of Villager Construction in Fairport, N.Y., has helped guide that company’s concrete and asphalt recycling subsidiary as it has contributed to company revenue and profits even in the slower economy of the past three years.
According to Osborne, Villager has expanded its equipment fleet to include several different types of crushers. “One piece of equipment is not enough to do all jobs,” he told attendees at a 2010 C&D Recycling Forum session titled “The Green Light for Onsite Crushing.”
Among the considerations has been equipping the company with portable machines to tackle smaller jobs and having machines that can make recycled aggregates suitable to be in RAP (recycled asphalt pavement) mixtures.
Part of Osborne’s job duties have included working with paving contractors and state transportation departments to ensure that they are aware of FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) standards that both allow and encourage RAP’s use in paving applications.
Osborne says more contractors have become aware of the FHWA “preferred status” for RAP, and that “economic benefits have improved and emerged” to favor RAP as well.
In geographic locations where the public and elected officials who are favorably disposed toward recycling and ecological thinking, Osborne remarked that both companies and plants may be better off if referred to as “recyclers” rather than “crushers.”
Regarding operations, Osborne says that even with good plants and operators, crushers will average 8 hours of uptime in a 10-hour workday.
The C&D Recycling Forum was Oct. 3-5 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor in Baltimore.