Houston partners with Cherry to recycle concrete

Six city recycling centers begin accepting residential concrete.

August 18, 2014
CDR Staff
Concrete and Aggregates
Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker has announced the city’s six Neighborhood Depository and Recycling Centers will begin accepting concrete for recycling. The city says the addition of concrete recycling, and its partnership with Houston-based Cherry Cos., highlights its continued efforts to mine valuable commodities from the waste stream and save natural resources by using material already in existence.

“Not only is Houston saving the cost of dumping this heavy material but by partnering with the Cherry Company we are saving resources by reusing a product that already exists and returning it to the market for local projects,” said Mayor Parker in an Aug. 6 announcement.

“Houston homeowners tearing out sidewalks or patios are now able to help the city save landfill fees by recycling those chunks of concrete,” says Sarah Mason, senior environmental analyst, Houston Solid Waste Management Department. “Residents can drop off the material at no cost at one of the city’s six Neighborhood Depositories and Recycling Centers and rest assured the Cherry Company will put the material to good reuse.”

The Cherry Cos. was ranked as the seventh largest demolition company in the Unites States in 2014 and annually recycles more than 2 million tons of concrete. The company returns 100 percent of the recycled concrete aggregate product into new construction, local maintenance and repair projects.

Houston residents may use the depositories up to four times per month. Citizens are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing time to allow adequate time to unload. Each user must provide a Texas driver’s license or ID and a current utility bill or city property tax receipt as proof of residency.