California-based C&D recycler wins SWANA award

Construction and Demolition Recycling Inc. will be recognized at upcoming WasteCon event.

July 21, 2014
CDR Staff
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Construction and Demolition Recycling Inc. (CDR), based in South Gate, California, has been recognized by the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) with the 2014 Excellence Award in Recycling, Bronze. The association cited the company for its innovative recycling solutions. The company will receive the award at SWANA’s annual WasteCon conference in Grapevine, Texas.

The other recipients of SWANA’s 2014 Excellence Award in Recycling are Republic Services North Texas Recycling Complex, winning the Gold Medal; and the city of Hamilton, Ontario, receiving the Silver Medal.

In recognizing the firm, SWANA noted that the firm, upon recognizing the need for actual, quantifiable recycling of commercial interior construction and demolition debris to satisfy the burgeoning LEED and Green Building requirements, the company designed and built to maximize the diversion of materials that are traditionally not captured at standard C&D facilities.

CDR, founded in 2003 by the staff of Interior Removal Specialist Inc. (IRS), processes more than 36,000 tons per year of demolition material and keeps nearly 31,000 of those tons out of the landfill.

SWANA notes that CDR has pioneered the diversion of what is often considered to be the residual trash at the majority of C&D MRFs.

Tenant improvement and remodeling projects generate what is termed “hard” and “soft” materials. Almost every construction and demolition (C&D) debris processing facility separates and recycles the “hard materials,” such as concrete, asphalt, metals, and dimensional lumber, along with some of the plastics. However, most facilities do not recycle the “soft materials,” such as drywall, particle board, plywood, carpet, acoustic ceiling tiles, and other materials derived from interior projects.

“With a facility average diversion rate of more than 84 percent of all incoming debris, CDR more than satisfies the stringent California landfill diversion mandates. We’re delighted that our client is being recognized for their positive environmental impact and success treating this type of debris as a stand-alone waste stream,” says Michelle Leonard, vice president and director of Sustainable Materials Management at SCS Engineers.

For more details on CDR’s strategy, click here.