Trey Brown, Kim Williams named to C&D recycling hall of fame

Trey Brown, Kim Williams named to C&D recycling hall of fame

Brown and Williams are being honored at CDRA’s C&D World show, along with the award winners for the C&D Recycler of the Year and CDRA Member of the Year categories.

March 2, 2021

Mason “Trey” Brown III of Dallas-based Big City Crushed Concrete and Kim Williams, president of Tallahassee, Florida-based Marpan Recycling, will be inducted into the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association’s (CDRA’s) C&D Hall of Fame, the association announced. The induction will take place at C&D World, which will be held March 21-23 in Austin, Texas.

In addition to the hall of fame honors, the CDRA will also present Dallas-based Champion Waste & Recycling with its C&D Recycler of the Year honor, while John Thomas, president of Hainesport, New Jersey-based R&B Debris, will be named CDRA Member of the Year.

C&D Hall of Fame

Big City Crushed Concrete is an original member of the CDRA.

With Brown part of the company’s leadership, Big City has worked closely with the Texas Department of Transportation to help create the Texas market for recycled road base. Currently, the company is operating eight permanent sites and has a robust mobile crushing business, as well.

Brown has also served two terms on the CDRA board of directors. He joins his father, Mason Brown II, in the hall of fame, making them the first father-son combination to be honored as such.

Kim Williams’ family-owned Marpan Recycling has long been noted as an innovative developer of new end markets for recycled materials. While the operation started more than 50 years ago as a container services company, its first expansion was in 1968 thanks to a state of Florida lightbulb recycling contract. It kept that through 1986, when Marpan received its exclusive lamp contract with the state. Marpan held that exclusive contract through 2012. While the company had a long history of recycling before Williams took over as president in 1985, he figured there was a problem with recycling lamp ballasts, and set up a fluorescent lighting recycling system after lobbying the legislature about the problem stemming from mercury in the ballast. In 2008, he led the creation of Tallahassee’s first mixed C&D processing facility, and at one point, was capable of making more than 70 different end products from the mixed stream. A curbside MRF came in 2009 to provide more services. Williams served on the CDRA board of directors for six years.

C&D Recycler of the Year

Champion Waste & Recycling is a woman-owned and family-operated multifacility company. It has received several state awards in recent years as it grows its footprint throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Started in 2001, the vertically integrated company has grown exponentially, and has helped recycle much of the C&D materials in the booming North Dallas area, where its C&D recycling plant is located. It is considered one of the most advanced C&D plants in the region. The company also has a thriving hauling operation that brings in much of the material to be processed, but the company also accepts debris from third-party haulers, especially those looking for support for LEED credits.

CDRA Member of the Year

Since John Thomas joined the CDRA board of directors two years ago, he has been active in helping the CDRA move forward to the benefit of the C&D industry, the association says. He was the first chair of CDRA’s new End Markets Committee, and he worked to get this committee organized to help promote ways for recyclers to find homes for their materials, the CDRA says. Through this initiative, he has helped other recyclers by discussing the various end products his company manufacturers and new end markets his company has been able to develop.

With an eye on promoting the C&D industry, R&B Debris has sponsored a $1,000 contest to reward the company or person that is responsible for the most new members to join the CDRA. He also serves on CDRA’s Legislative Committee.

In hosting C&D World, CDRA says the association will be adhering to all recommended CDC guidelines to hold the event safely. To accommodate those attendees not ready to travel, a virtual option will be offered to stream the event’s educational sessions.

C&D World 2021 will feature an economic forecast, end markets discussions, discussions on accessing government grants, and other C&D-focused sessions.

Registration information is available on the CDRA website.