LEDR Recycling set to open stationary CBI C&D recycling center
LEDR Recycling (Landfill-Environmental-Diversion-Reclamation) is scheduled to open a state-of-the-art indoor material recovery facility that will feature a customized CBI construction and demolition (C&D) recycling center. John Davis, President/Managing Partner of LEDR Recycling, opened the 35,000 square-foot facility close to St. Louis knowing the city’s metropolitan area continues to grow as the operating windows for regional landfills close.
CBI designed, manufactured and shipped the C&D recycling center out of its Newton, NH headquarters. Expected to start operating fulltime by April 2015, the system is expected to process over 50 tons of throughput an hour and will accept materials such as wood, concrete, drywall, plastic, metal, cardboard and aggregates. The facility will operate for 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 this coming June.
“The durability of this system compared to others across the industry is what caught my eye,” Davis said. “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 opens 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 2x4s can now be consolidated and loaded into a trailer at full capacity. The horizontal feed of the CBI 5400 allows longer pieces to be processed quicker.
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. LEDR Recycling’s strategic location gives trucks an opportunity to drop their C&D loads off at a spacious, 3-acre facility that is less 25 miles from downtown St. Louis.
“It’s a major time saver for those transporting the C&D that needs to be processed,” said 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.”
Davis has over 35 years of experience in the heavy construction and highway construction fields and has focused on recycling concrete aggregate the past four years. As members of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA), both CBI and Davis understand why the recycling of recoverable C&D materials is important. LEDR Recycling’s stationary system is just the latest in a long line of stationary systems CBI has custom designed for the past 15+ 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,” said Skinner.
Davis entertained offers from other suitors but ultimately decided that CBI was the top solution because total cost of ownership was a focal point. CBI recommended that Davis should not make any purchase before knowing exactly what was needed.
“They were right about that,” Davis said. “A lot of recycling facilities make one wrong purchase and a lot of modifications usually have to be made to accommodate different types of material and material sizes.
“We’re going to recycle every possible item we can,” he continued. “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.”
Traditionally, waste management companies have operated using a simple "management of waste" approach to operating a MRF. Throughput targets and continuous operation (minimal downtime) were the main driving forces. The industry has changed however, and the focus moving forward is now on optimizing system performance and reliability, in conjunction with increasing recycling rates and a drive for a "greener" and more sustainable tomorrow.
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