LEDR Recycling (Landfill-Environmental-Diversion-Reclamation), a construction and demolition recycling facility located in St. Charles, Missouri, is scheduled to open an indoor material recovery facility that will feature a customized construction and demolition (C&D) recycling center manufactured by Continental Biomass Industries (CBI), Newton, New Hampshire.
John Davis, president/managing partner of LEDR Recycling, says the 35,000 square-foot facility, located close to St. Louis, will benefit as the city’s metropolitan area continues to grow as the operating windows for regional landfills close.
Davis, with more than 35 years of experience in the heavy construction and highway construction fields, has focused on recycling concrete aggregate the past four years.
CBI designed, manufactured and shipped the C&D recycling center out of its Newton headquarters. The system, expected to start operating full-time in April 2015, is designed to process more than 50 tons of material an hour and will accept materials such as wood, concrete, drywall, plastic, metal, cardboard and aggregates. The facility will operate between 8-10 hours per day, 5-6 days a week. A specialized CBI Magnum Force 5400 Downswing Grinder will become part for the processing system by the end of June 2015.
“The durability of this system compared to others across the industry is what caught my eye,” Davis says. “It’s such a simple system, while others look like a giant mousetrap. Its simplicity is going to make everything more efficient, even on the maintenance side of things.”
The CBI 5400 horizontal grinder will be installed because LEDR Recycling will downsize all of its handpicked wood to produce a premium end product that will open up multiple markets. Grinding the processed material allows LEDR Recycling to maximize the pay load for transportation as well. Bulky materials such as half sheets of plywood and 2-by-4s can be consolidated and loaded into a trailer at full capacity. The horizontal feed of the CBI 5400 also allows longer pieces to be processed quicker.
While trucks dropping off loads of recoverable C&D within the St. Louis area typically wait at least an hour before a recycling facility can accept their materials for processing, CBI says that due to LEDR Recycling’s location, trucks can drop their C&D loads off at a 3-acre facility that is less than 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.
“It’s a major time saver for those transporting the C&D that needs to be processed,” says CBI’s Stationary Systems Manager Matt Skinner. “Now, more recoverable materials can be processed in a shorter amount of time, and LEDR Recycling can get the most out of its sorted recyclable items.”
LEDR Recycling’s stationary system is the latest in a long line of stationary systems CBI has custom designed over the past 15-plus years.
“Every system is different, but there’s always one common goal with each design and that’s to figure out how to give our customer the very best and most efficient system possible,” says CBI’s Skinner.
Davis decided on a CBI system because the total cost of ownership was a focal point.
“We’re going to recycle every possible item we can,” says Davis. “We’ll be sure to sort all of the wood, metal, concrete, stone, dirt, plastics and cardboard we receive. It’s a great industry to work in because it’s the right thing to do for the environment. Everybody works to recycle more efficiently while making sure their plants are also operating as efficiently as possible.”