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July 22, 2013
CDR Staff


Six Killed in Philadelphia Building Collapse
A building collapse in Philadelphia on June 5 killed six people and injured 13. The collapse involved an empty four-story building being demolished that toppled into an adjacent retail store. The empty building, located at 22nd and Market Streets in central Philadelphia once housed a first-floor sandwich shop and apartments above.

The empty building collapsed into the adjacent Salvation Army Thrift Store during the store’s operating hours, causing the deaths and injuries.

According to reports, as many as 125 firefighters and rescue workers searched for survivors after the collapse.

Heavy equipment operator Kary R. Roberts, also known as Sean Benschop, faces six counts of involuntary manslaughter and 13 counts of reckless endangerment in the incident. Investigators say Roberts was impaired by marijuana and painkillers while operating heavy equipment next door to the store.

The building reportedly had no existing violations and the demolition company, Campbell Construction, had proper permits. Campbell’s owner, Griffin T. Campbell, reportedly has a criminal record stemming from a car insurance scheme and pleaded guilty in 2009 to filing a false insurance claim in 2005. Campbell also filed for bankruptcy in March 2013. Cleanup of the site began in late June. The remaining demolition is being performed by a new contractor, Geppert Bros. of Colmar, Pa.

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CMRA Changes Its Name
To more clearly identify with its constituency, the 18-year-old Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) has rebranded itself as the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA).

“As our industry has continued to grow we wanted to highlight the focus our organization has on the recycling of both construction and demolition materials,” says Valerie Montecalvo, president of the CDRA and also president of Bayshore Recycling, Keasbey, N.J. “The goal of the more than 250 members of the CDRA is to promote the recycling of C&D materials.”

Besides performing a variety of projects to reach that goal, in recent years the organization has grown rapidly and has expanded its headquarters, staff, and has such offerings as an industry-specific safety manual, a concrete recycling white paper, material specific websites for concrete, asphalt shingles and gypsum, and recently started up a C&D Recycling Hall of Fame to honor those pioneers and leaders in the industry.

The CDRA has a new and what it calls more fully interactive website that will remain at The new design will allow members to pay dues and other bills online, download association documents, and allow for association committee members to have their own areas for their correspondence. The website also has features that will allow it to provide additional member services in the future.


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CARE Releases RFP
The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), Dalton, Ga., released a Request for Proposal (RFP) that seeks a resource to help the organization develop sustainable commercial solutions for recycling post-consumer polyester carpet. The project’s goals include developing high-value recycling streams and identifying products and outlets for the material.

In issuing the RFP, CARE says there are four basic polymer types used to manufacture carpet: nylon 6, nylon 66, polyester (PET) and polypropylene (PP).

Meanwhile, CARE contends, the national recycling infrastructure for carpeting has become increasingly successful solely based on the value of nylon face fibers. Technically and financially viable businesses have been developed based on the high value of nylon engineered resins and fibers.

CARE adds that PP-faced fiber carpets containing PP backing are also being successfully recycled. Since the value of PP is less than nylon, it cannot form the sole basis of a successful recycling business. It becomes accretive to the viability of any postconsumer nylon carpet recycling system.

The RFP being issued is expected to start Aug. 1, 2013 and end June 30, 2014. During the time, the firm receiving the RFP is required to “provide a clear path toward developing a method to recycle polyester carpeting. While the infrastructure for the path forward cannot be built in one year, demonstration of a variety of technologies, applicable products, market outlets and performance specifications will be complete."

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DOJ Indicts New York Hydro-Demolition Firm
Richard Hartunian, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney for the Northern District of New York, has announced the indictment of Mark Pullyblank, Caledonia, N.Y.; William Clements, Victor, N.Y.; and Crane-Hogan Structural Systems Inc., Spencerport, N.Y., which employs Pullyblank and Clements.

The three defendants are charged in a nine-count felony indictment with discharging untreated industrial wastewater from a hydro-demolition process into the Susquehanna River without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act.

Crane-Hogan is engaged in hydro-demolition in which high pressure water is used to remove concrete from buildings such as parking garages prior to resurfacing. The wastewater from the process can contain additional materials, including remnants of concrete with a high pH level. Pullyblank and Clements were project supervisors in charge of demolition projects at the Binghamton Governmental Center Parking Garage and Johnson City Wilson Hospital Parking Garage throughout 2008 and 2009.

The Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants into waters without approved wastewater treatment and a permit, or into a permitted publicly owned treatment works, unless in compliance with an approved pretreatment program.

This case is being investigated by Investigators with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Environmental Crimes Investigations and Special Agents of the Environmental Protection Agency. Assistance with this case has been provided by the New York State Office of General Services, the Binghamton City Engineer and the Binghamton-Johnson City Publicly Owned Treatment Works.

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Cherry Opens Fifth Recycling Center in Texas
The demolition and recycling company Cherry, based in Houston, has opened its fifth Houston-area recycling center following the purchase of K.C. Crushed Concrete yard in north Houston

At full capacity, Cherry’s new recycling center will process 1,500 tons of recycled aggregates per day. The 10-acre facility also will process ferrous scrap at the site. With the new recycling center, Cherry will process between 8,000 and 10,000 tons of recycled aggregates daily in the Greater Houston area.

“We’ve now expanded our ability to reach more customers in the northern part of the city,” says Jim Mooney, Cherry division manager for recycled aggregates. “Cherry has always served customers in this area, but now we can do it more efficiently by operating a recycling center near them.”

Equipment used at the new site includes a 2854 Cedar Rapids jaw crusher, a 54-inch Simmons cone crusher and an 8-foot by 20-foot Hewitt-Robbins screen.

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National Demolition Association Elects President
Jeff Kroeker of Kroeker Inc./Demolition & Recycling Contractors, Fresno, Calif., has been elected President of the National Demolition Association (NDA) Doylestown, Pa., a trade organization for the global demolition industry. He was elected at the NDA’s 40th Annual Convention in San Diego.

Other changes to the NDA Executive Committee are the election of Peter Banks of CEI Boston LLC, Norfolk, MA as Vice President; Scott Knightly of EnviroVantage, Epping, N.H. as Secretary; and Christopher Godek of New England Yankee Construction LLC of Milford, Conn., as Treasurer. Don Rachel of Rachel Contracting LLC of St. Michael, Minn., is Past President. Michael R. Taylor serves as Executive Director.

The NDA also has appointed new members to its board of directors: Rick Givan, LVI Environmental Services Inc., Denver; Anthony Pirrone, Ontario Specialty Contracting Inc., Buffalo, N.Y.; Andrew DeBaise, Rocky Mountain Recycling Inc., Commerce City, Colo.; and William Sinclair of Safedem Limited, Dundee, Scotland.

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Delaware Agency Suspends C&D Recycler’s License
The Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) has suspended a permit for the C&D recycling firm Mike Davidson Enterprises LLC. The company allegedly failed to address repeated environmental violations and did not fully follow up on a cease and desist order issued by the DNREC.

According to the DNREC, the order prohibits the facility from accepting any solid waste, including recyclable materials. The order also requires Mike Davidson Enterprises to take steps to protect public health and the environment.

The DNREC adds that the suspension will remain in place until the company demonstrates to the agency’s Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Section that it is capable of operating the resource recovery facility lawfully and in compliance with the permit and with the state’s regulations surrounding solid waste.

The DNREC says that Mike Davidson Enterprises was cited for 22 violations, many of which were ongoing while the company continued in operation. Violations included:

  • Managing solid waste outside of allowed areas; 
  • Failure to operate the facility in a manner that precludes degradation of land, air, surface water or groundwater; 
  • Failure to operate the facility consistent with the approved plan of operation;
  • Failure to process C&D within 72 hours;
  • Storage of recyclables in unapproved areas;
  • Failure to dispose of non-recyclable waste materials within 72 hours;
  • Failure to timely submit complete annual reports to DNREC;
  • Failure to properly update the closure plan to be submitted annually;
  • Failure to operate the facility only during approved hours of operation;
  • Failure of the weigh master to inspect all incoming loads of C&D waste as per the approved plan of operation and the permit;
  • Failure to transfer sorted C&D waste to roll-off containers;
  • Failure to place incoming C&D waste on concrete pad for sorting and inspection;
  • Failure to send non-recyclables for proper disposal within 72 hours of roll-off containers becoming full;
  • Failure to use covered roll-off containers for storage of sorted wallboard;
  • Failure to maintain proper size of wood mulch piles as per the permit;
  • Failure to limit total waste at the facility at any one time to 2,400 tons as per the permit and the approved plan of operation;
  • Failure to maintain proper fire protection service as per the permit;
  • Failure to file complete quarterly reports on time;
  • Failure to follow proper procedures for testing wood mulch product as required by the permit;
  • Failure to prevent acceptance of prohibited waste;
  • Failure to maintain proper records of testing;
  • Failure to maintain proper records of personnel training, major equipment maintenance, and fire department inspections; and
  • Failure to obtain approval of recycling material other than C&D material.

A DNREC statement says that the order issued by Secretary O’Mara “finds that the suspension of the permit is supported as the proper remedy for (Mike Davidson Enterprises, LLC’s) continuing and flagrant non-compliance with the permit and Delaware’s Regulations Governing Solid Waste.”

The order also noted that “the nature and extent of the violations show that Mike Davidson Enterprises, LLC has operated the facility since the very beginning of its regulated history with a wholesale disregard for DNREC’s regulations and the company’s permit.”

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Advantage Waste to Open C&D Plant in North Carolina
Advantage Waste Recycling & Disposal Inc., Charlotte, N.C., has announced plans to open a construction and demolition materials recycling facility in Mount Holly, N.C., near Charlotte.

The decision follows the company receiving a $40,000 grant from the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources to purchase equipment that will help the company to process various types of C&D material.

Beth Clark, a project consultant with Sustainable Visions Consulting Group, which has been working with Advantage on siting and building the project, says the company already has purchased about five acres and is now in the process of getting permits approved. She says the company is attempting to open the facility by September 2013.

When operational the facility will sort and process C&D material presently handled by Advantage Waste from an eight-county region of North Carolina. The new operation will include a multi-material transfer station and production line that will be capable of separating and diverting concrete, brick, block, ferrous and nonferrous metals, old corrugated containers, paper, drywall, asphalt shingles, plastic and plastic foam.

Advantage Waste is owned by Carole McLeod, who founded it in March 2012. Prior to starting Advantage Waste, McLeod was the owner of New South Waste, a C&D recycling facility.

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Connecticut Enacts Mattress Stewardship Law
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed into law House Bill 6437, a mattress stewardship bill. The bill passed the Connecticut state legislature in early May.

According to the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Boston, this is the first law of its kind to be passed in the United States. According to the PSI, the law will result in an estimated $1.3 million cost savings for local governments, and will increase opportunities for recycling businesses in the state.

Connecticut government officials estimate that municipalities across the state manage more than 175,000 discarded mattresses each year. Despite the fact that up to 95 percent of the mattresses can be easily recycled, most mattresses collected in the state are shipped to out-of-state landfills or waste-to-energy facilities.

The law will require the mattress industry to develop a single stewardship organization that will provide free collection and recycling services to municipalities, which include storage containers for municipalities to aggregate mattresses at transfer stations.

The program will be financed by a visible fee that mattress producers will pass onto retailers, who will then pass it on to consumers at point-of-sale. A stewardship plan will be submitted to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) by

July 1, 2014. The PSI says the city of Hartford played a key role in the bill’s passage. Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra introduced a resolution in support of product stewardship legislation for mattresses at the United States Conference of Mayors, which passed it in June 2012. The mayor and his staff led a Connecticut coalition in support of the bill.

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Report Forecasts Sharp Growth in Use of Green Building Materials
A new report from Navigant Research, “Materials in Green Buildings,” ( forecasts the demand for green buildings and the materials that go into them will grow from $116 billion in 2013 to more than $254 billion in 2020.

Navigant adds that the demand for the sector has remained strong during the global recession. Meanwhile, future market growth for green buildings and the commensurate use of green materials will be driven by a combination of policies and regulations that prioritize energy efficiency and green design, the expansion of voluntary certification programs for green buildings, cost reductions for green materials, consumer demand, and evidence that green buildings confer quantifiable market advantages.

“Green building materials range from traditional materials that are being revalued for their minimal impacts to advanced technologies that are enabling better passive and active building performance,” says Eric Bloom, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Incremental improvements in materials science, production efficiency within mature product classes, and changes in design and construction practices are all helping to reduce the impacts from the buildings and materials sectors.”

The use of product standards and environmental assessments, along with product and company reporting, will be significant in shaping the green materials market. Though it can be argued that the current green product labeling landscape is overpopulated, a more select class of standards and tools is emerging, making environmental performance more measurable and more transparent, according to the report.

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Zero Waste Solutions to Open in Massachusetts in 2014
New Bedford Waste Services LLC (NBWS), a sister company of ABC Disposal Service Inc., New Bedford, Mass., and WERC-2 Inc., Pocasset, Mass., have announced plans to build and operate a recycling facility in New Bedford. The new facility will be known as Zero Waste Solutions LLC (ZWS) and should be open by the summer of 2014.

The 90,000-sqare-foot solar-powered facility will accept municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, single-stream recyclables, commingled recyclables and source-separated recyclables.

Additionally, the facility will use WERC-2’s process to produce Eco-Tac fuel briquettes, a solid fuel product that burns, handles and stores like high-Btu coal, according to the company, but with significant emissions benefits, such as a greater than 80 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide and mercury and an approximate 20 percent reduction in carbon dioxide.

WERC-2 says it will market Eco-Tac to biomass and coal-fired plants outside Massachusetts.

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Valerie Montecalvo

CDRA Names First Woman President
Valerie Montecalvo, president of Bayshore Recycling, based in Keasbey, N.J., has been named the president of the newly renamed Construction & Demolition Recycling Association, the first woman to hold the position. Also elected were Jason Haus, CEO, Dem-Con, Shakopee, Minn., as vice president; and Patti Hamilton, vice president, marketing and communications, Sun Recycling, Lantana, Fla., as secretary/treasurer. John Adelman, president, CPRC Group, Scarborough, Maine, moves to past president.

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National Demolition Association Seeks Bigger Role in Disaster Response
During the National Demolition Association (NDA) Annual Convention in San Diego in late March, demolition professionals who were at ground zero in Christchurch, New Zealand, following a magnitude-6.3 quake in 2011 gave presentations. The experiences of the demolition experts and the city’s leadership can provide valuable lessons to others responsible for emergency management, especially in earthquake-prone areas, according to the NDA.

The NDA is intent on alerting communities in the United States that they may be unprepared for a Christchurch-like event, says Michael R. Taylor, executive director of the association. As a result, the association has formed a Disaster Response Committee, which has prepared a Disaster Response Manpower and Equipment Survey for local and state governments to use to help them prepare in advance to help save lives, facilitate faster response and avoid the consequences of delayed decision making. The survey is available on the association website,, in its new Disaster Response section.

“The U.S. Geological Survey, the science organization of the U.S. government, has predicted with 99 percent certainty that there will be a similar magnitude earthquake in California in the next 30 years,” says Taylor. “Our committee–including those experts who have been working in Christchurch for the last two years dealing with everything from downed utilities, lack of food, housing, and power, hazardous materials disposal, and the safe demolition of damaged structures–can share some invaluable lessons with other communities needing assistance with disaster planning.”