area of the state, whether it was
a small project or a large project, or construction or demolition or remodeling, in fact you
could successfully reuse and recycle and achieve higher than a
50% recycling rate,” Kunde
Ted Gibson works for Green
Valley Disposal as a roll-off container sales representative for
construction projects, and he
said his company is using C&D
debris recycling as a sales tool to
win new business.
Being able to show contractors
how to recycle their waste and
avoid landfill costs is especially
important in these difficult economic times, Gibson said.
And having recycling options,
instead of just disposal, can differentiate Waunakee, Wis.-based
Green Valley from the next guy,
he said. “I have to have something more than what my competition has.”
Green Valley worked with
WasteCap Resource Solutions
and the state on a demolition
and construction project at the
University of Wisconsin Whitewater campus that recycled almost 80% of the waste, Gibson
Not only can contractors avoid
disposal fees by recycling, there
also is the potential to make
some money off of the recyclables
depending on the markets for
materials, he said
Gibson added that solid waste
management companies will
have to offer C&D recycling as
the green building movement
continues to expand.
“It’s kind of like a train leaving
the station,” he said. “You better
get on it or you will be left standing behind.”
Being involved in one of the pilot projects also helped Green
Valley, a subsidiary of Republic
Services Inc. of Phoenix, improve
its recycling efforts.
“The pilot program got some of
the rough edges of what we were
doing out of the way,” Gibson
Kunde said she also believes
that contractors exposed recycling on state projects then take
those practices to other private
jobs. And that could have a huge
impact across the state.
“I see as the future potential
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Beginning at the first of the
year, Wisconsin’s Division of
State Facilities will require
that construction debris be recycled from all state building
projects costing at least $5 million. All state demolition projects, regardless of size, also
It was back in 2005 that Gov.
Jim Doyle came out with his
Conserve Wisconsin agenda
that called for green building
standards for state buildings
and established a 50% recycling
Kunde’s WasteCap Resource
the state facilities division to
develop a C&D
recycling program for state
sites and conduct a series of
WasteCap Resource Solutions
is a nonprofit organization providing waste reduction and recycling assistance and has extensive experience working with
Those five pilot projects, which
included demolition, new construction and renovation work,
averaged more than 80% recycling.
And that’s what has Kunde
hopeful that next year’s 50% goal
can be exceeded.
“We found that not only could
they achieve a 50% recycling
goal, but on average they had an
83% recycling [rate] when you
average all of their recycling
rates together,” said Kunde, executive director at WasteCap Resource Solutions.
The pilot projects were located
throughout the state and varied
in size in an effort to demonstrate the viability of recycling
C&D debris under differing conditions.
“We found that in whatever
you’ll not only help ease the strain on the city budget and the environment, but you’ll also help yourself to some well-deserved rewards.”
Participating Philadelphia residents can affix a “Philadelphia Recycling
Rewards” sticker to any container and then set the container out on
scheduled recycling pickup days.
RecycleBank motivates households to recycle by giving reward points
based on the weight of items recycled. Points can be redeemed for rewards, gift cards, groceries, merchandise and events at national, regional
and local businesses.
For information, contact the Philadelphia Streets Department’s recycling hotline at 215-685-7329 or visit recyclingPAYS.phila.gov. For information on RecycleBank, call 888-769-7960 or visit http://www.Recycle-Bank.com/philly.
A Dumpster full of drywall sits in
front of a new building at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater.
Drywall from the project was recycled to be used as a soil amendment for farmers.
Advanced Disposal acquires Tenn. company
to recycle on all state of Wisconsin projects and for contractors
to recycle on private projects,
for owners to then be able to
ask their contractors to recycle
and for haulers to be able to offer recycling on projects,”
Miron Construction Co. Inc.,
based in Neenah, Wis., was involved in the pilot recycling projects and now recycles at all of the
company’s job sites.
“The costs of implementing a
construction waste management plant are offset with the
savings in avoiding landfill disposal fees,” said Tim Andrew,
senior project manager at
Miron. “Change is always difficult at first, but once the field
personnel and the subcontractors are aware of the benefits
and CWM [construction waste
management] expectations, it’s
not difficult to implement and
actually becomes a positive experience.”
While Wisconsin set the
threshold at $5 million for the
value of state construction projects that will be required to recycle starting next year, Kunde
said a goal is to lower that figure
in the coming years. ■
Advanced Disposal Services Inc. is entering a new market with the acquisition of All Star Waste Systems LLC in the Memphis, Tenn., area.
All Star Waste Systems has more than 61,000 customers in the Memphis area and provides hauling, recycling and disposal services, Advanced Disposal said.
“Acquiring a successful and respected company like All Star Waste
Systems is incredibly beneficial to us,” said Gerald Greene, Advanced
Disposal’s Mid-South area president.
Advanced Disposal is based in Jacksonville, Fla., and has operations in
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and now, Tennessee.
Apex landfill sells power from future LFG project
Power to be produced by a landfill gas-to-energy system at Republic
Services Inc.’s Apex landfill near Las Vegas already has been sold even
though the project won’t start operating until late 2011.
NV Energy and CC Landfill Energy LLC said the two companies have a
20-year power purchase agreement for electricity that will be created from
the 11-megawatt project. CC Landfill Energy is developing the project and
NV Energy provides electricity and gas services in Nevada and California.
“Landfill gas — a clean, renewable energy source — will help Nevada
meet its recent commitment to increase its renewable energy portfolio
standard,” said Jim O’Connor, CEO at Republic Services.
Company to proceed with N.H. biomass plant
Contact Waste & Recycling News senior
reporter Jim Johnson at 937-964-1289 or
The company developing a new biomass plant in Berlin, N.H., said it is
moving forward with the project after successful completion of a feasibility study.
Laidlaw Berlin BioPower LLC said Dec. 4 that the study, conducted by
ISO New England, which has oversight of the local power grid in the
Berlin area, confirmed that existing interconnection capacity on the local
transmission system is adequate to support the plant. Upgrades for
transmission are expected to cost less than $1 million, the interconnection study found.
Laidlaw is developing a 66-megawatt biomass-to-energy facility at the
site of the former Fraser paper mill, which closed in May 2006 and was
sold to a dismantling company.
Fuel for the WTE plant will come from waste wood products, clean
wood chips and other materials created by the local lumber industry.
For further information on Laidlaw, see www.laidlawenergy.com.
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