When people ask me why I became a writer, I like to joke that it is because I really dislike math. But of course when the industry you write about is so tied to the economy, commodities prices and construction activity, numbers cannot be avoided. While math may not be my favorite subject, I frequently make calculations and analyze data. Drawing conclusions from recent unemployment and construction spending data, however, could stump even the most brilliant mathematician.
In July, construction unemployment reached a five-year low of 9.1 percent. I am sure that is welcome news for the demolition contractors who are clearing the way for new construction and for C&D facilities that are recycling the materials these jobs are producing.
While the unemployment rate is a 3 percent improvement over July 2012, Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Ken Simonson offers a bit of caution, “While the industry has added workers in the past year, employment growth has been negligible recently.”
The job growth that has occurred recently only has been on the residential side. Residential building and specialty trade contractors added 6,300 employees in July. For the year, the numbers show further improvement, up by 92,100 workers, or a 4.5 percent increase. Nonresidential building, specialty trade and heavy and civil engineering construction firms, on the other hand, lost 11,500 workers in June. Compared with last year, though, that is an improvement of 2.1 percent, or 74,300 workers. Architectural and engineering services employment rose by 2.3 percent over the year, suggesting further modest gains in construction ahead, the AGC reports.
Meanwhile, U.S. Census Bureau data show a decline in construction spending from nonresidential and public construction in June. During the same month, residential construction, while up 18 percent over last year, was flat. With June being the height of construction season, that is somewhat of a surprising statistic.
“New single-family and multifamily construction both had rare slowdowns in June, while private nonresidential construction remained stuck in neutral as it has all year, and the long slump in public construction worsened,” Simonson remarks. “For the rest of 2013, private construction appears likely to grow again, but public spending is showing no signs of a recovery.”
The ACG is urging lawmakers in Washington to make infrastructure investment a top priority for the fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
When you add it all up, even someone who is a math whiz may not have all the answers. As for me, I will conclude that while there are some positive signs in the numbers, we still have a long way to go.
The Recycling Today Media Group, publisher of Construction & Demolition Recycling, understands the importance of energy markets for recyclers seeking to further capture value and decrease material going to the landfill. C&D recyclers have long sold wood into boiler and other fuel applications, but other residuals also are coming out of C&D material that could be used in refuse-derived fuels (RDF).
Renewable Energy from Waste (REW) magazine, a sister publication to Construction & Demolition Recycling, has been covering the latest developments in the rapidly growing waste-conversion industry through its magazine and e-newsletters, which the publishing group launched to rave reviews last year. This November, the Recycling Today Media Group is taking its award-winning coverage of this developing industry one step further by launching a conference dedicated to waste conversion technologies.
Recycling Today Media Group Publisher James R. Keefe says, “Capturing the resource potential of waste streams is the fastest growing sector of the waste and recycling industry. This is the reason we introduced Renewable Energy from Waste magazine in 2012. It’s also the reason we’re taking the follow-up action in 2013 of introducing this event.”
Other conferences have covered this industry before, but the REW Conference differentiates itself in many ways.
The Recycling Today Media Group has joined forces with solid waste consulting firm, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton (GBB), Fairfax, Va. Together, the organizations have worked to deliver a program based on their decades of experience concerning what is driving the waste-to-energy and waste-to-fuels industry.
Keefe says, “This partnership ensures a depth and breadth of coverage and insight you won’t find anywhere else.”
Harvey Gershman, GBB president, adds that the decision to partner on the conference came naturally. “We thought it would be a good idea to have a conference to bring the magazine to life.”
Smithers-Apex, Portland, Maine, a global conference organizer, rounds out the partnership of companies producing the conference.
“The industry needs one place where economic, municipal and corporate experts come together to share their successes and struggles with candor and impartiality,” says Andrew Smaha, conference director for Smithers Apex.
The REW Conference program includes several sessions that provide an in-depth look at waste conversion technologies, including RDF, anaerobic digestion (AD), plastics to oil and gasification. The conference also will have panel discussions on project financing, regulations and end-user applications.
During the opening keynote session Nov. 18, Keefe and Gershman will discuss “The Status of Renewable Waste in North America.” Attendees will hear firsthand about companies, projects and technologies that are converting waste into energy in North America and how they are progressing.
Rather than discussing only project successes, the keynote session Nov. 19, “Pitfalls and Lessons Learned,” will take a closer look at why some projects are successful while others are not. The complete schedule of sessions is listed below.
Attendees will have several opportunities throughout the three-day event to network and to talk to dozens of exhibitors about the products and services they have to offer.
The REW Conference has set up exclusive tours Nov. 20 of two facilities in Florida that are employing waste conversion technologies.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Integrated Waste Management Complex contains an RDF and waste-to-energy facility that processes 850,000 tons of that solid waste per year. It is also undergoing an expansion.
The Ineos Indian River County BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., uses a combination of gasification and fermentation technology to turn different types of waste materials, including wood, vegetative and municipal solid waste, into advanced biofuels and renewable power. The Ineos tour is open to public-sector attendees only.
Another key differentiator of the REW Conference is the cost of attending. An early-bird rate of $549 can be locked in until Oct. 18. After that, the regular rate is $699. A special academic and government rate is offered at $349. The facility tours are an additional $99 each.
“Our upcoming event provides a dynamic collection of sessions that will explore technologies, look at the economics of the sector, analyze what’s really working and what’s not,” Keefe says. “It will provide exceptional networking and informal meeting opportunities to allow delegates to gain further insights into this rapidly developing field,” he adds.
Visit www.REWconference.com to learn more.
The author is managing editor of Construction & Demolition Recycling and can be reached at email@example.com.
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Morbark Honors Top Dealers
Morbark Inc., Winn, Mich., has recognized its top dealers. The equipment manufacturer has named Columbus Equipment Co., Columbus, Ohio, its Industrial Dealer of the Year for the second straight year. Additionally, Morbark has recognized Alexander Equipment Co., Lisle, Ill; Nortrax Northeast, Westbrook, Maine; and Schmidt Equipment Inc., North Oxford, Mass., with the company’s Gold Tier Dealer status for their tree care products divisions.
“Morbark’s dealers are instrumental to our customers’ success,” says John Foote, vice president of sales and marketing for Morbark. “They provide more than just our high-performance equipment; they give our customers local knowledge and support to help them grow and maintain their businesses. We’re honored to recognize these dealers who are as devoted to continuous improvement as Morbark is. We’re proud to have them in the Morbark family.”
Columbus Equipment, established in 1952, earned the Morbark Industrial Dealer of the Year Award for its 2012 sales of industrial equipment. Columbus Equipment operates in 10 locations in Ohio and serves customers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.
Morbark rates its dealers on customer service, business plans, equipment and parts sales, service and warranty processes and marketing efforts. Dealers are reviewed and scored annually. As a result of the 2012 review, Alexander Equipment and Nortrax Northeast retained Tree Care Product Gold Dealer status, while Schmidt Equipment earned its first Gold Tier ranking.
Krause Manufacturing Celebrates 50 Years of Business
Krause Manufacturing of Bellingham, Wash., established in 1963, celebrates its 50th year of business this year. Krause manufactures heavy-duty recycling systems for construction and demolition, municipal solid waste, single-stream recyclables and electronic scrap as well as front-end system solutions for waste conversion technologies.
Jay Edmonds, Krause sales engineer, says, “As a long-time Krause employee of 24 years, I’m proud to say that after 50 years, Krause is still operating under the same principles that the company was founded on—we keep the customer’s needs in the forefront. Operating with integrity and providing the best value for the dollar are at the center of every project we take on.”
Krause built its reputation for manufacturing heavy-duty equipment starting off as a manufacturer of custom agricultural equipment. Krause began serving the recycling industry in 1985 and entered the C&D (construction and demolition) market in the mid-1990s. “Company founder Herb Krause’s philosophy was if you could build a machine that a farmer couldn’t tear apart, you did well,” says Edmonds.
Mike Whitney, Krause vice president and general manager, says, “The company’s history in farming equipment made the transition to manufacturing recycling equipment smooth. The industry demands strong standards of its equipment, and Krause was there to answer the need. Over 25 years later, much of the equipment produced is still up and running today.”
Stanley Girard, COO of Portland, Ore.-based Far West Fibers Inc., says, “Over the years, Krause has always been known for building the ‘stoutest’ equipment in the industry and for providing outstanding customer service.” He adds, “It may sound cliché, but working with them felt like you were working with family. Herb and his staff always made you feel like nothing else mattered to them but the job they were doing for you.”
Krause joined the CP Group in 2004 as a way for the CP Group to offer a broader solution to its customers and to better serve the needs of the C&D market.
By joining the CP Team, Krause says it expanded its own decades of experience in equipment design and engineering by drawing on the experience and ability of CP, which has been an industry pioneer in separation technology for the recycling industry since its incorporation in 1977.
For more information on Krause’s history, visit www.krausemanufacturing.com/company/history.
Liebherr Construction Equipment Names President
Liebherr Construction Equipment Co., with U.S. headquarters in Newport News, Va., has appointed Peter Mayr president. Mayr has held a number of executive positions with Liebherr, including his most recent position as managing director for Liebherr-Great Britain Ltd. and Liebherr Rental Ltd. He began his career with Liebherr in 2001.
“I am excited to be joining the Liebherr Construction Equipment Co. as president,” Mayr says. “Together with the core management team, I look forward to driving the company’s strategic initiatives, strengthening and growing our distribution and promoting the Liebherr brand.”
Allied-Gator Offers New Blade Design
Allied-Gator, Youngstown, Ohio, is now offering what it calls an innovative new blade design made exclusively for the company’s MT mobile shear line. Allied-Gator says its new Serrated Gator Blades have undergone extensive field testing that has “proven Serrated Gator Blades outlast traditional shear blades by up to 50 percent longer when processing general scrap and up to 90 percent longer when shearing steel wire and cable.”
The new technology is an option that is available to any current Allied-Gator MT customer regardless of tool size and without product modification, says the company.
“The serrations of the MT’s new blades are designed to progressively pass through material like a saw blade, rather than forcing the shear to chop through a large mass of material like an axe,” says Mike Ramun, Allied-Gator sales and marketing manager. “This new blade design does not rely solely on sharp shear blade edges to achieve the cut. Instead of a snipping effect, these blades generate a tearing action. This allows the MT shear to grip and tear scrap materials, which is a far more efficient cutting method than the traditional ‘scissoring effect’ utilized by all other mobile shear blades.”
As the MT’s dual moving shear jaws close on structural steel, each serration is designed to systematically yield and tear scrap material along the blades’ cutting path. “This new method of shearing greatly reduces the overall wear and tear to the tool. It’s like perforating a sheet of paper as you tear it,” says Ramun.
Traditional blades force steel wire and cable to the throat of the jaw and can cause severe uneven wear and damage to that specific blade area, says Ramun, and uneven blade wear has caused many recyclers to dread cutting steel wire and cable with their mobile shears. With Serrated Gator Blades in the MT, the serrations trap steel wire and cable along the blades as the jaws close. This allows the blades to progressively rip and tear the cable apart on its way to the throat, according to Allied-Gator.
Ramun says the new technology also is effective in processing notoriously troublesome materials, such as stainless steel and thin sheeting.
Company Wrench Introduces Hammer Machine
Company Wrench Ltd., Carroll, Ohio, has announced that its CW Machine Worx manufacturing division has introduced what it is calling a breakthrough in engineering and design with the release of a patent-pending second member hammer machine.
The second member hammer setup allows users to mount a 16,000-pound-per-foot hammer on a 108,000-pound machine, instead of using the same hammer on a 193,000-pound machine, according to the company.
Company Wrench says that when working on a job site that calls for breaking oversized material, trenching through rock or breaking concrete, the second member hammer machine can bring substantial savings in fuel and shipping costs amounting to as much as $392 per machine.
Company Wrench also has been named a dealer for Kobelco Excavators in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company’s new dealership in Smithfield, N.C., will feature a number of brand-specific equipment lines to service the Raleigh, N.C., metro area along with the Kobelco excavator line.
GE Capital and Slate Roadshow Features Gibson Machinery
Gibson Machinery was recently nominated and selected to be part of GE Capital and Slate’s 2013 Roadshow for Growth as part of a six-month, 20-city tour that will address the issues of middle-market businesses, a sector that reportedly generates $9 trillion in annual revenue and accounts for nearly 34 percent of total U.S. employment.
Middle-market companies have revenues between $10 million and $1 billion per year.
Traveling on a bus, the Roadshow for Growth visited middle-market businesses in Cleveland; Detroit; Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Atlanta; and Los Angeles, among other cities.
On June 13, Gibson Machinery, with locations in Oakwood Village, Ohio, and Oakdale, Pa., was chosen to be interviewed and filmed as a stop on the tour.
In the video on the Roadshow for Growth website, “Selling Construction Equipment—and Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” Lee Gibson, Larysa Gibson and Meredith Gibson share their insights on Gibson Machinery’s success during the economic downturn.
Larysa also explains how she meets the challenges of being a female owner in a heavily male-dominated industry. The video is available at http://roadshow.slate.com/selling-construction-equipment-and-breaking-the-glass-ceiling or at www.gibsonmachinery.com.
Gibson Machinery serves the material handling, scrap processing, excavation and demolition markets. Since 2003, Gibson Machinery has provided sales, rentals, parts and service of equipment lines available to the markets served, including Sennebogen, Doosan and Genesis.
Montgomery, Ala., Breaks Ground on Material Recovery Facility
Ground was broken July 17 on what developers are calling a revolutionary materials recovery facility (MRF) developed by Plantation, Fla.-based Infinitus Energy for the Montgomery, Ala., community designed to eliminate up to 85 percent of waste headed to the city’s landfill. The Infinitus Renewable Energy Park at Montgomery (IREP at Montgomery), will be the first facility to combine several of what Infinitus says are the most technologically advanced systems available for waste recovery to create an advanced integrated waste recovery facility. Eugene, Ore.-based Bulk Handling Systems (BHS) designed, engineered and will manufacture and install the MSW recycling system.
IREP at Montgomery will feature screening, air and optical sorting technology. The $35 million, 81,992-square-foot facility is expected to be operational by June 30, 2014. It is designed to process up to 225,000 tons of waste annually and to recover an estimated 95 percent of recyclables.
In Phase II of the project, BHS subsidiary Zero Waste Energy (ZWE), Lafayette, Calif., will install its SmartFerm anaerobic digestion system to convert organic waste into compressed natural gas (CNG) and compost.
In-Line Tri-Disc technology from BHS and In-Flight Sorting technology from Nashville-based NRT will provide industry-leading separation efficiency and recovery rates, says Infinitus. The facility also will feature air separation technology from Nihot, an Amsterdam-based company with more than 750 operational reference facilities throughout the world.
“The United States alone produced approximately 250 million tons of waste in 2010. The exponential increase in waste over time creates a sustainability crisis if we don’t dramatically alter the current waste model,” said Kyle Mowitz, CEO and founder of Infinitus Energy. “Infinitus Energy is delivering an economical ‘big picture’ solution to the multiple problems facing our world now and in the future to the city of Montgomery. The Mayor’s vision and commitment to our collaboration has made this possible, and we thank him and his capable staff, advisors and consultants in supporting us in our vision for a viable environmental and economical system and for the residents here.”
Once the facility is operational, residents will place all trash in one city-issued bin, which will be collected by the city of Montgomery sanitation department and taken to the mixed materials recovery facility at the Renewable Energy Park.
Trash will be separated using the latest in screening, air and optical separation technologies, Infinitus says. The system sorts and recovers commodities such as cardboard, mixed paper, metals, aluminum cans, plastics and wood based on density, size, shape and material composition. Additional sorting will be done by hand at the site. The advanced technology allows the plant to accept a larger variety and volume of potentially recyclable products than other recycling methods, according to Infinitus.
“The beauty of this project is that residents don’t have to do anything differently. All of the separating takes place at the MRF,” says Mayor Todd Strange, “and the 25-year partnership the city has with Infinitus ensures that materials will be recycled.”
“IREP at Montgomery will provide recovery rates not achievable by single stream recycling programs that rely on residents to sort trash themselves, which addresses the recycling needs of the community without additional capital investment from the city,” Mowitz said. The project will significantly reduce the amount of waste in the city’s North Montgomery Sanitary Landfill and extend its operational life by many years, according to Infinitus. The facility can process up to 225,000 tons of waste per year, and municipalities and commercial businesses within a 90-mile radius of the facility also may contract to process their waste at IREP to achieve aggressive recycling rates.
“This is a long-term green investment in our city and state. With this project, Montgomery will be seen as a leader and trendsetter in implementing green technology for the benefit of both our residents and our planet,” said Strange. “Diverting tons of material away from landfills and incinerators and turning those materials into valuable resources generates a host of financial, environmental and societal returns.”
IREP at Montgomery is located on a 74-plus-acre industrial site. The facility is pressurized, and all waste is stored inside to reduce odor, contamination and noise to the area, Infinitus says. The cost of the MRF is approximately $35 million. The project is expected to create approximately 110 local jobs.
“This is another great day for Montgomery as we welcome Infinitus Energy to our growing business community,” said Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Horace Horn Jr. “The cooperative spirit among our elected and community leaders makes it possible for us to continue bringing new jobs and innovative businesses such as Infinitus Energy to the River Region.”
Legislation & Regulation
EPA Grants $15 Million in Supplemental Funds for Brownfield Sites
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated brownfield properties. The Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) is designed to help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment, according to EPA.
“These funds—granted to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfields—will help boost local economies, create local jobs and protect people from harmful pollution by expediting brownfield projects,” says Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The RLF supplemental recipients are some of the nation’s top performers. Collectively, these communities have already leveraged more than $2.5 billion in cleanup and redevelopment investment; the RLF funding announced today will help sustain that incredible progress,” Stanislaus adds.
Revolving loan funds specifically supply money tor grant recipients to provide loans and subgrants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. When these loans are repaid, the loan amount is then returned to the fund and subgranted or relended to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community for additional cleanup of brownfield sites. The supplemental grants range from about $200,000 to $400,000, with an average grant award of $300,000. This year’s supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects across the country, including:
- The city of Brea, Calif., will use its supplemental funding to clean sections of a former rail line, which will be reused as a rails-to-trails project for alternative transportation and recreation options.
- Cleanup of a downtown property in Great Falls, Mont., will allow Easter Seals Good Will to move forward with a $2.5 million redevelopment, which will create numerous construction and permanent jobs.
- A loan from the Indiana Finance Authority will go toward cleanup of the former Carpenter Manufacturing site, which will be renovated into a business park redevelopment and will create approximately 100 jobs.
- The Land-of-Sky Regional Council will use the additional funding for cleanup at the former Chatham Mill in Salem, N.C., Once cleaned, developers plan to rehabilitate the 300,000-square-foot structure into approximately 150 multifamily rental units.
- In Nassau County, N.Y., funds will be used to address the last unremediated parcel of Glen Cove’s 52-acre waterfront redevelopment area.
Highways and Roads
Oregon Project Involves Debris Relocation
West Coast Contractors (WCC), Coos Bay, Ore., says it is in the process of repairing a quarter-mile section of a roadway that connected 70 residential homes and thousands of acres of timberland to the city of Mapleton, Ore., and Highway 126.
“Due to the close proximity of the section to the Siuslaw River and years of deterioration as a result of weather, it had eventually slipped down the hillside where it was located, effectively reducing it down to a single lane,” WCC says in a news release about the distressed roadway.
Before it could begin repair work, WCC says it had to first prepare the site by bringing in an excavation crew to remove the debris. “WCC was able to strike a deal with a local man from nearby Florence, Ore., who was in need of gravel to fill a ditch that he had on his property. In exchange for allowing WCC to dump the many thousands of pounds of debris that they had collected from the project site, WCC went above and beyond, relocating the debris on his property by building a bridge that he also needed, free of charge,” the company says.
WCC, which was founded in 1962, describes itself as a general contractor specializing in heavy construction projects, including bridges, harbors, marine facilities and governmental work. The company also engages in road repair, pile driving, demolition, foundation work and other activities.
Dem-Con Receives Approval to Build Minnesota MRF
Dem-Con Cos. has received approval to construct a 60,000-square foot material recovery facility (MRF) in Shakopee, Minn. The facility, which is expected to open in late 2013, will procure, process and market what the Shakopee-based company describes as high-quality recyclables.
A joint venture between Dem-Con Cos. and Liberty Paper Inc. (LPI), Becker, Minn., the Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility will serve area waste haulers and recyclers, processing residentially and commercially generated recyclable materials and reducing the amount of material sent to area landfills for disposal.
The new facility will be located at 13161 Dem-Con Dr. in Shakopee. When fully operational, the Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility will have the capability to process 60 tons of fiber per hour and 20 tons of mixed recyclables per hour. The new facility will employ approximately 20 people.
“At Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility, we are committed to processing and delivering high quality recyclables to product manufacturers,” says Jason Haus, Dem-Con chief executive officer. “By working closely with local recycling and waste collection companies, we will provide a steady stream of recyclable materials to the marketplace. We are doing our part to optimize recycling and recovery by keeping as many materials in the local market as possible.”
“By locating in Shakopee, we are well-positioned to serve all collectors located in the Twin Cities metro area as well as other geographic regions of the state,” says Bill Keegan, Dem-Con vice president. “We have sized our operation to meet current demand while preparing for future growth.”
In addition to the recyclable materials that are routinely collected through curbside residential programs or at business and government collection points, Dem-Con Materials Recovery Facility says it will actively seek to process recyclable materials that fall outside of these mainstream recycling programs.
“The quantity and type of recyclable materials we process are constantly changing, as is the collection process,” explains Haus. “By leveraging Dem-Con’s expertise in the processing and recovery market, as well as Liberty Paper’s end market experience, we can add increased economic value for our current and future customers.”
“We are excited to expand our current recycling capabilities in Shakopee, a community where we’ve done business for generations,” says Keegan.
Highways & Roads
San José Receives First Greenroads Certification in California
The Greenroads Foundation, a Redmond, Wash.-based nonprofit corporation with a goal of advancing sustainability education and initiatives for transportation infrastructure, has recognized the paving techniques used in San José, Calif. The nonprofit says the city has employed an innovative and environmentally friendly paving technique to resurface 2 miles of the historic Monterey Road’s bumpiest segment. Jeralee Anderson, Greenroads executive director, presented the certificate to the city at the Aug. 20, 2013, city council meeting.
“San José is proud to receive this recognition from the Greenroads Foundation for the city’s ‘green’ transportation leadership,” says San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “From the installation of ‘smart’ LED streetlights to the construction of a 500-mile citywide bicycle network, ‘greening’ our transportation system is a major theme of the city’s ambitious Green Vision. We are pleased to be the first city in California to have a certified ‘green’ roadway project.”
Cold in-place recycling, which involves pulverizing the top layer of asphalt, mixing it with an asphalt binder and using the recycled mixture to resurface the street, was used for resurfacing the road. A new surface layer of rubberized asphalt made up of ground recycled tires is laid on top of this surface.
The Greenroads rating system is a collection of sustainable roadway design and construction best practices that address water, environment, access, community impact, construction practices and materials. Eleven project requirements must be completed in order for a roadway to be considered a Greenroad. Project teams also can choose to pursue 37 voluntary credits. After a rigorous review process, Greenroads Foundation says it assigns a project score based on the number of points earned by meeting the requirements and achieving credits. This score translates to one of four certification levels: bronze, silver, gold and evergreen.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Advanced Disposal Makes Acquisitions
Advanced Disposal, Ponte Vedra, Fla., has acquired two hauling companies, one in north Georgia and the other in eastern Pennsylvania.
The company says it has acquired certain assets of AAA Sanitation Inc., Dahlonega, Ga. The assets include 1,300 residential customers and 237 commercial customers in Georgia. The routes will be serviced from Advanced Disposal’s Ball Ground, Ga. hauling location.
In Pennsylvania, Advanced Disposal says it has completed the acquisition of certain assets of G & C Industries Inc., which does business as G & C Waste Services.
Advanced Disposal says it will begin using the former G & C location in East Norriton Township to operate the 20 routes acquired in the transaction. The routes service 23,000 residential customers and 1,300 commercial and industrial customers in eastern Pennsylvania.
“This is a significant acquisition for our company and presents a strategic move to grow our market share in the greater Philadelphia area,” says Dave Lavender, Advanced Disposal regional vice president.
Advanced Disposal also has purchased two properties in the Midwest, allowing for operations to resume at both facilities. The company bought a transfer station in Roscoe, Ill., from G&E Eight Series LLC. The 7-acre property includes an 18,000-square-foot transfer building, a 3,000-square-foot office area and a 10,700-sqaure-foot, two-story building. The transfer station had been closed for months but reopened Monday through Saturday beginning in August.
Advanced Disposal also purchased Sheboygan Waste Materials Co., Sheboygan, Wis. In this purchase, the company acquired a multistory building, a fiber recycling facility, customer accounts, equipment and vehicles. Five Sheboygan Waste employees will join the Advanced Disposal staff.
Conferences & Events
Shingle Recycling Forum Program Slated for November
The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association’s shingle recycling committee has developed a program covering all aspects of the shingle recycling industry for the Sixth Shingle Recycling Forum, Nov. 7-8, at the Westin Downtown in Denver.
Program sessions include: How Department of Transportation (DOT) Personnel Can Get Shingles Approved; Operational Factors When Using Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS); Dealing With Sham Recycling Sites; Use of Shingles in Warm Mixes; Effect of Recovered Binders From Recycled Shingles; Basics of Shingle Recycling; and Best Practices on the Use of RAS.
More information on the forum is available online at www.shinglerecycling.org.
Recycling Today Media Group Adds Associate Editor
The Recycling Today Media Group has added Megan Workman as an associate editor.
Workman, a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, formerly worked at the Charleston Gazette in Charleston, W.Va., for nearly two years as a business reporter. She brings a range of experience in writing and editing to the group.
Workman will contribute across the publishing group’s range of publications, including Construction & Demolition Recycling, Recycling Today, Recycling Today Global Edition, Storage & Destruction Business and Renewable Energy from Waste.
“I’m excited to join the Recycling Today team and fulfill my career dream of becoming a magazine editor,” says Workman. “GIE Media produces outstanding magazines that cover a diverse range of industries, and I am looking forward to maintaining that integrity.” She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legislation & Regulation
New Jersey Streamlines Rebuilding Permitting Process
The state of New Jersey has formally adopted rules designed to streamline Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) permits for various rebuilding projects. The decision follows the state’s attempt to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy.
The action will aid reconstruction of effected homes and businesses, assist the recovery of marinas and shellfish industries, help make coastal areas more resilient to future storms and expedite dredging of storm-effected private lagoons and marinas, the DEP says.
The changes to the coastal rules eliminate unnecessary red tape by enabling various types of projects to proceed under less cumbersome permit procedures, including permits by rule and general permits, the DEP says. At the same time, the changes will not compromise protection of coastal resources and will help ensure the New Jersey coastline is more resilient.
“These common-sense rule changes eliminate unnecessary red tape that would needlessly impede the important work of rebuilding while ensuring continued protection of our important natural resources,” says Bob Martin, DEP commissioner.
In addition to significantly reducing the time needed for DEP reviews, the changes, which the DEP initially adopted on an emergency basis April 16, 2013, also save property owners fees and costs associated with more complex permit requirements.
The activities regulated by the simplified permit processes are for reconstruction activities on roughly the same footprint or involving minimal (up to 400 square feet) expansion.
The rules expedite the rebuilding of residential and commercial structures by:
- Providing for a permit by rule for reconstruction of damaged residential or commercial structures in upland waterfront development areas that are outside the CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Review Act) zone, primarily Raritan Bay and the Newark-New York Harbor complex;
- Helping property owners make their buildings safer when feasible by changing the current general permit requirement to a permit by rule for lateral or landward relocation of the existing footprint of a structure; and
- Eliminating the need for a permit to elevate a bulkhead, dock or pier as part of repair, replacement or reconstruction activity, as long as this is done in the existing footprint and not over wetlands.
A copy of full rule and response to public comments is available at www.nj.gov/dep/rules/adoptions.html.
ISRI Members Visit Congress
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc. (ISRI), Washington, D.C., has reported that more than 100 members of the association took part in ISRI’s 2013 Congressional Fly-In event July 23. The annual event is designed to allow companies to visit members of Congress to discuss the economic and environmental roles recycling plays.
ISRI reports key topics discussed by its members included ways to prevent materials theft, the issue of exporting raw materials processed at recycling facilities and the industry’s development of a curriculum to teach the science of recycling in schools.
“The recycling industry plays a vital role in the environment and economy within every single Congressional district in America,” says Robin Wiener, president of ISRI. “Recyclers are responsible for providing good-paying jobs for members’ constituents, while at the same time conserving valuable landfill space and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Working with Congress, we can further enhance our nation’s recycling capabilities and the many environmental benefits of our industry.”
In supporting its efforts, ISRI recently released an economic impact study that shows the industry provides more than 460,000 direct and indirect jobs in the United States, including 138,000 direct jobs. Both figures mark an increase from when a similar report was done in 2011. The industry generates about $4 billion in state and local revenue annually and $6.3 billion in federal taxes, ISRI says.
Overall, the recycling industry provides for more than 0.5 percent of the national’s total economic activity, the association adds.
“As the voice of the recycling industry, it is important for ISRI and our members to advocate and build relationships with members of Congress,” says Wiener. “We are grateful to all those members who are working with us to find the most effective ways to reduce metals theft, to strengthen and expand the U.S.-based electronics recycling infrastructure by recognizing the global nature of the industry’s activities and to teach the science of recycling in schools.”
Posillico Unveils Expansion at Asphalt Recycling Plant
Posillico Materials, headquartered in Farmington, N.Y., recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil its rail siding and materials transfer depot, which was built at the company’s asphalt recycling facility in Framingdale. The project is the first phase of a capital improvement the company is undertaking in conjunction with the town of Babylon, N.Y.’s Industrial Development Association to update the facility and to improve its operations within the community at large.
According to Posillico, the project’s completion enables most of the materials that are required for asphalt production to be shipped via rail rather than by truck. The company says the new rail system and improved plant layout reduce fugitive dust and eliminate 5,000 truck trips per year. Astec Industries, Chattanooga, Tenn., has been working with Posillico since 1971 on asphalt recycling.
The new rail facility will anchor Posillico’s plan to complete further capital investments that the company says it expects will improve its overall environmental impact.
Family-owned Posillico has been in business since 1946. The company, which started out as a trucking firm, serves the construction and contracting industry in the New York tristate area. The company has been expanding its operations to other regions in the Northeast.
Cherry Wins Safety Award
Cherry Demolition Inc., a Houston-based demolition, dismantling and asset recovery firm, has won the national Diamond level STEP (Safety Training Evaluation Process) award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. (ABC), Arlington, Va.
Cherry Demolition was recognized for the effectiveness of its overall safety program, which also garnered a Platinum level STEP award in 2010. Cherry says the 2013 Diamond level STEP award is the association’s highest safety honor and demonstrates continual improvement in the reduction of recordable incidents.
“We’re always working to improve our safety program’s effectiveness,” says Jay Marak, Cherry safety director. “This award builds on our past performance and recognizes our employees for their diligence in working safely—in whatever task they undertake.”
NDA Adds to Staff
The National Demolition Association (NDA), Doylestown, Pa., has appointed Kim Wieland its new director of member services. She will report directly to Michael Taylor, executive director.
In this post, Wieland will be responsible for the development and implementation of the organization’s new education initiative, designed to provide management and safety training to the demolition industry while improving professional competency. She also will work on expanding the NDA’s other member services, advancing the recruitment and retention of association members, enhancing the NDA’s social media and branding programs and working on association public relations efforts.
C&D World Explores Energy Outlets
During C&D World, the annual meeting of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA, formerly the Construction Materials Recycling Association), Jorge Caspary, director, solid waste division, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), provided an update on Florida’s recycling rates.
C&D debris is considered part of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Florida. Caspary said that since 2011 the amount of MSW sent to landfills in Florida has decreased by 10 million tons. That same year, the C&D recycling rate was 29 percent. He also noted that more waste in Florida is used in waste-to-energy facilities than in any other state, with 17 percent of the state’s waste going to combustion, 30 percent to recycling and 54 percent to landfill.
During the “Using Traditional Nonrecyclable C&D Residuals as Alternative Fuel” session, Monica Sowders, alternative fuel manager for Cemex, discussed how the global cement maker is using various forms of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) in its cement kilns.
“Recycling rates increase in areas that use waste as fuel,” Sowders told attendees. She compared coal with waste as a fuel, saying that coal, while often used as a benchmark for pollutants, is not necessarily a cleaner fuel than waste fuels. “C&D and RDF emissions are lower in some cases,” she said.
Cemex plants in the U.S. substitute anywhere from 20 percent to 85 percent of their coal with waste material, Sowders said.
C&D Word 2013 was April 20-23 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla.
Shaw Recycles 600 Million Pounds of Carpet
Shaw Industries Group Inc., Dalton, Ga., a Berkshire Hathaway company, has released its 2012 corporate sustainability report. Key highlights from the report, “Looking Ahead,” include:
- Reclaiming and recycling more than 600 million pounds of postconsumer carpet since 2006;
- Surpassing 60 percent of Shaw products being designated as Cradle-to-Cradle certified;
- Achieving LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for three additional facilities;
- Reducing water intensity by 33.7 percent since 2006;
- Providing 56,196 associate volunteer hours and more than $2 million in contributions to community causes; and
- Breaking ground on a manufacturing facility in Nantong, China, to serve the thriving Asia market, representative of the company’s efforts to produce products locally.
“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made. We strive to continuously improve every aspect of our business,” says Shaw CEO Vance Bell. “This guides not only our commitment to sustainability and innovation, but everything we do, every day.”
With this focus on continued improvement in mind, Shaw also has introduced new environmental performance goals. Shaw will report its progress toward these goals through the company’s annual sustainability report.
“Looking Ahead,” the Shaw Industries 2012 corporate sustainability report, as well as past reports, can be accessed at http://sustainability.shawgreenedge.com.
Axion Recycled-Content Plastic Used to Build Bridge
Axion International Holdings Inc., New Providence, N.J., a developer of recycled plastic and plastic composite technologies, participated in an official ribbon cutting ceremony May 29 for a bridge in Logan County, Ohio, made of its Struxure 100-percent-recycled infrastructure building products. The company announced the purchase order for the bridge in September 2012.
Logan County Engineer Scott Coleman says the durability, expected life span of more than 50 years and environmental benefits of using 100-percent-recycled materials weighed into the decision to use Struxure. Logan County has a goal of being a zero-waste county by the year 2020.
The raw material used to make Struxure is 80 percent postconsumer plastics and 20 percent car bumpers and dashboards.
According to Axion, the 24.6-foot Onion Ditch Bridge is the longest span bridge made from 100-percent-recycled plastic materials in North America and is only the second bridge of its kind on a public road; Axion had earlier built a bridge using Struxure in York, Maine.
Additionally, New York State’s St. Lawrence County Department of Highways has purchased Struxure to repair and restore bridges. Other tank and railroad bridges that support heavy loads have been built using Struxure on domestic military bases.