Ohio Event Draws Interested Audience
Deconstruction, recycling and reuse were a few of the topics discussed at the Construction and Demolition Statewide Environmental Workshop earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio. About 165 people attended the event, sponsored by the Association of Ohio Recyclers, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Speakers at the event included Robert Brickner of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton; Michael Taylor of the National Association of Demolition Contractors (NADC) and Dave Neun of the National Association of Home Builders.
Kirk Schuring of the Ohio House of Representatives spoke of legislation he is working on concerning C&D recycling and took questions from the audience. He said he was interested in learning from those in the industry what can be done and what needs to be done to further C&D recycling.
Diane Shew of the Association of Ohio Recyclers said she was happy with the turnout for the event and thought it was received well. "For content of the program I saw nothing but very positive comments," she said. "I know that in just glancing at the evaluations, it seems the panel discussion was most popular."
The panel discussion featured four speakers from different areas in the C&D industry, including Dave Loewendick, S.G. Loewendick & Sons; Kit Cooper, Construction & Demolition Association of Ohio; Drew Lammers, King Wrecking; and Dan Harris, Ohio E.P.A.
Taylor spoke of managing waste streams and of issues concerning construction and demolition recycling, such as transportation and the current state of the markets.
A presentation on a renovation project at Denison University interested many attendees and was well received as well, Shew said.
"I was really pleased with the committee’s choice of speakers," Shew said. "I was extremely pleased with the mix of people there. A very clear-cut good representation of all of the different types and different facets."
Honeywell Carpet Efforts Awarded
The Infinity nylon carpet renewal process created by Honeywell International Inc., Morristown, N.J., has been named the first runner up for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) "Technology of the Year" award.
The award was presented in a ceremony in late February at the OIT’s Expo, held at the Washington Hilton and Towers Exhibition Hall in Washington, D.C.
OIT’s "Technology of the Year" award recognizes manufacturing processes that provide exceptional commercialization potential and significant potential for energy efficiency improvement as well as economic and environmental benefits. This is the second recent award for Honeywell’s nylon carpet renewal efforts.
Evergreen Nylon Recycling, Augusta, Ga., the Honeywell joint venture that converts discarded nylon 6 into virgin-quality material, was named "Recycler of the Year" in December 2000 by the Society of Plastics Engineers, Brookfield, Conn.
The Evergreen Nylon Recycling joint venture developed and patented the process that converts post-consumer nylon 6 carpet and other nylon 6 wastes into caprolactam, the raw material used to make nylon 6. Type 6 nylon is used in such applications as residential, commercial and automotive carpet, engineering plastics, automotive parts, sporting goods, films and packaging.
Evergreen’s $100 million facility, which began operation in late 1999, can produce up to 100 million pounds of caprolactam each year while keeping up to 200 million pounds of nylon 6 waste out of U.S. landfills each year.
The Evergreen system allows Honeywell to produce its Infinity Forever Renewable Nylon, which is both recycled and renewable, creating a closed-loop recycling process.
"The judges were extremely impressed with Evergreen’s level of commitment to energy efficiency improvement," said Denise Swink, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies. "By developing this highly useful closed-loop process technology, Evergreen is saving approximately 700,000 barrels of oil that would have been necessary to manufacture caprolactam from petroleum feedstock. That is equal to the amount of energy consumed by 40,000 homes in one year. This revolutionary process is a model for energy efficiency."