Debris recycled during Frankfort redevelopment projects

Kentucky officials are aiming for LEED Silver certification.

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April 13, 2018
Edited by Hilary Crisan
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Kentucky officials plans to recycle or reuse debris created during redevelopment of the Capital Plaza in Frankfort, a report by The State-Journal says. Concrete and metal from the Capital Plaza Tower implosion, any leftover explosive material, I-beams encased in concrete from overpasses on Clinton and Mero streets and leftover debris from the convention center, Fountain Place Shops and parking garages are included in the debris to be recycled.

Pamela Trautner, finance and administration spokesperson, says in the report that including construction and demolition (C&D) debris recycling is part of the city’s plan to reach Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. LEED is a third-party green building certification program by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Trautner says in the report that 95 percent of debris will be recycled or reused.

The concrete and metal from the implosion are being separated on-site. The metal will be taken to Cohen Recycling, Middletown, Ohio, and concrete will be crushed and used as fill for sections of land that will be redeveloped.

Any undetonated explosives found by demolition contractor Renascent, Indianapolis, and its subcontractors will be disposed of in compliance with regulatory requirements.

Debris from the convention center, Fountain Place Shops and parking garages will be recycled in a similar manner, the report says. Debris that will not be reused on-site are concrete-encased I-beams, which will be hauled off and used at other locations by Cohen.

Remaining debris will be taken to a landfill operated by Republic Services, Phoenix. The location of the landfill is yet to be determined.

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