Recycling Product News Logo

This ad will close in 15 seconds

LEED changes a boost for C&D

Advocacy efforts by the Construction & Demolition recycling Association are helping recyclers remain profitable

LEED changes a boost for C&D

Company info

35 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 850
Chicago, IL Phone: 866.758.4721
Chicago, IL
US, 60601

Website:
cdrecycling.org

Phone number:
866.758.4721

Read more

Construction and demolition (C&D) materials are hefty. It is why we can so effectively build roads, bridges and buildings out of them. It's also why, by weight, they are the most significant material in the North American waste stream. This creates a challenge for recycling, as it's usually too expensive, in terms of ROI, to ship most recovered C&D end products, including wood, concrete, drywall, asphalt, and asphalt shingles.

Due to the economic challenges already inherent in shipping C&D materials, China's recent actions to limit imports of recyclables has not hit the C&D industry as hard as it has curbside recycling. Cardboard and plastics that C&D recyclers handle have been affected, but that is a relatively small part of the C&D material stream. 

However, this doesn't mean C&D recyclers don't have end market issues. Markets for wood and metals in particular face challenges due to the unique market conditions that surround them. The C&D Recycling Association (CDRA)is working continuously on developing those markets and on advocating to make sure the regulations and realities of the C&D industry remain conducive to profitability.

Revised Leed an improvement for C&D recyclers
Recently, the US Green Building Council released LEED version 4.1, revising a number of credits in the international green building program, including recycling credits. The previous version, LEEDv4, required contractors to sort waste on site into different boxes. In many instances, especially in urban areas, there was no room for multiple dumpsters at the site. 

We are pleased to report that, in large part due to CDRA advocacy, LEEDv4.1 has lifted the requirement that source separation occur at the jobsite in order to receive recycling credits in the U.S. As an alternative to onsite separation, materials can now also be taken to a Recycling Certification Institute certified centre that processes multiple end product material streams. 

While the offsite option is now available, source separation can still occur at the jobsite, as long as there is proof that at least three material streams are coming off the site. 

With the latest addition to the LEED recycling credits, a facility certified by the Recycling Certification Institute, which can prove it has three or four material streams coming out of it, will be able to earn the recycling points. 

The C&D Recycling Association was instrumental in getting this reasonable and industry-benefitting change made in LEED regulations. This is just one of our many recent activities, an example of the advocacy we provide on behalf of the industry, in Canada and the U.S., to benefit businesses and promote the profitable recovery of construction and demolition materials. 

The best way to learn about the latest developments in C&D is to attend C&D World 2019, taking place March 9 through 12 in Brooklyn, New York. Visit cdrecycling.org for more information. 

Besides serving as President of the C&D Recycling Association, Troy Lautenbach is President of Lautenbach Recycling in Mt. Vernon, Washington, USA. 

This article was originally published in the January/February 2019 edition of Recycling Product News, Volume 27, Number 1.

More from C&D Recycling

Recycled aggregates for roads

Municipalities are responsible for the care and maintenance of vast amounts of roads, from lanes to highways. When those roads are repaired or replaced, there's the potential to generate a significant amount of aggregate material - concrete and asphalt removed from the surface that must be dealt with.
Today's roadbuilding contractors are taking this material and recycling it more than ever before. However, research is showing that some municipalities are far better than others when it comes to using this type of aggregate in their roads - and some are far behind.

Keestrack optimizes electric drive technology

Keestrack offers today the most versatile range of hybrid and plug-in solutions in mobile processing technology for quarrying and recycling applications. This applies to the complete product range, from screening plants and stockpile conveyors to mobile track-mounted crushing solutions of all relevant technologies and for all production capacities.

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Powerscreen of Canada to show latest crushing and screening plants at National Heavy Equipment Show

Powerscreen is one of the world's leading providers of mobile crushing, screening and conveying equipment. Official distributors, Powerscreen of Canada will exhibit at the National Heavy Equipment Show in Toronto, from March 28-29th, 2019. Exhibiting at booth number 5004, experts will be on hand to talk crushing and screening and visitors will have the opportunity to get up close to a Powerscreen Chieftain 2200 screen.

​Rubicon Global and State Farm Arena divert nearly 12 tons of waste from landfills

Rubicon Global, the Atlanta-based technology company that provides waste, recycling and smart city solutions to businesses and governments worldwide, has successfully diverted nearly 12 tons of waste destined for landfills from State Farm Arena during last week's festivities in Atlanta, Georgia. This waste was generated as a result of five events being held at the State Farm Arena leading up to and in support of the ‘Big Game.'  

Ecowaste Industries to add to C&D materials transfer and MRF capacity

Ecowaste Industries operates the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond, B.C. where they accept inert refuse, mainly from construction and demolition activities. This material is renewed into products such as compost, bark mulch and crushed concrete for sale. At the end of 2018, Ecowaste Industries Ltd. acquired the operating assets and facilities of Urban Wood Recycling and Smithers Enterprises, both based in Vancouver.  The transaction was approved by both parties on November 21, 2018 and the sale closed on December 31, 2018. Since the start of the year, Ecowaste has been accepting Urban and Smithers customers at the Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond. 

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more

New sidewall protection for OTR tires designed for concrete and aggregates recycling

At concrete and aggregate recycling sites, recycled aggregate is produced by crushing concrete and asphalt to reuse the aggregate in the construction industry as a base for roads or building foundations.  To keep operations running site managers rely on loaders to push large jagged chunks of torn up sidewalk, roadway or building materials - which can contain steel rebar - to the crushing line to reduce its size.

Cat multi-processors feature quick-change jaws, greater cutting/crushing forces, increased speed, durable design

Three new Cat MP332, MP345 and MP365 Multi-Processor models are heavy-duty, high-production tools that accept multiple interchangeable jaws for taking on a variety of specialized demolition tasks. The new models, compared with previous models, can cycle 50 percent faster and generate up to 19 percent greater cutting/crushing forces. An innovative locking system enables a single operator to typically change jaw types in 15 minutes or less, using only standard hand tools. An included stand securely and stably holds unused jaw sets.

  • Concrete Cutter: outer jaw cracks concrete, inner jaw shears steel
  • Demolition: cracks thick concrete structures
  • Pulverizer: crushes concrete, separates rebar
  • Shear: cuts structural steel, pipe, cable
  • Tank Shear: cleanly cuts tanks or plate steel at right angle on three sides
  • Universal: cuts steel and crushes concrete

Metso to expand NW Rapid crushing plant range

Metso is introducing new higher capacity models to its popular wheel-mounted Metso NW Rapid series. In addition to a bigger jaw crusher model, the NW Rapid units are now also available with a variety of robust cone crushers, including the first model with the MX crusher. Easily transportable using standard prime movers, over a thousand NW Rapid models have already been sold into aggregates and C&D recycling applications.

Anaconda Equipment joins McLanahan family of companies

In 2017, McLanahan Corporation began a partnership with Anaconda Equipment of Northern Ireland to distribute and sell Anaconda's line of mobile track equipment. As the relationship between the two companies progressed, it became clear that their values and business styles were closely aligned. Today, the two companies are proud to announce that Anaconda Equipment will officially join McLanahan Corporation's family of companies upon legal closing within the next 30 to 60 days.

Latest mobile dust suppression design features Tier 4 Final Gen Set

BossTek has updated its family of self-powered dust suppression equipment with Tier IV Final-compliant generators, ensuring compliance in all 50 states and Canada.  BossTek made the announcement with the debut of the new DustBoss DB-60 Fusion, a field-proven suppression system driven by a high-reliability 25 HP electric motor and paired with a gen set powered by a heavy-duty 4-cycle indirect injection diesel engine.  Designed, engineered and assembled in the USA, the generator features a dual-containment fuel cell, heavy gauge lockable enclosure and oversized brushless alternator for easy starting.  

free-paper-airplane

Get our newsletter

Learn more

Customer feedback based on proven designs is shaping the latest wood waste processing machines

Multiple major manufacturers of horizontal grinders have released new models in 2018. HOGS, as they are sometimes called (HOrizontal GrinderS), are unquestionably the workhorse of the wood recycling industry and are a key piece of equipment for composters, land clearing contractors and biomass-for-energy producers, as well as C&D and MSW processors, where in both cases, wood and other organics are part of a mixed stream of materials. The latest model horizontal grinders feature lighter weights with higher production, increased transportability and site mobility, diesel, hybrid and fully electric power options, along with sophisticated controls systems, and ease of use and maintenance for operators and owners. This article looks at the latest horizontal grinder models and updates from Morbark, CW Mill, Rotochopper, CBI, Diamond Z, Bandit, Vermeer, Precision Husky, and Peterson Pacific.

​New Brokk 170 offers 15 percent more power while retaining compact build

Brokk, the manufacturer of remote-controlled demolition machines, has introduced the Brokk 170. With SmartPower – the company's signature intelligent power management system – the new machine offers 15 percent more power than its predecessor, the Brokk 160, but retains the same compact dimensions. The Brokk 170 is one of four new next generation Brokk remote-controlled demolition machines Brokk is launching at World of Concrete 2019 at booth C4249 in Las Vegas.

F-Class portable plant from Haver & Boecker includes new technologies

Haver & Boecker has launched the Tyler F-Class portable plant that includes several new technologies to improve setup time and extend equipment longevity in quarry and mining operations. The portable plant features a new custom-built chassis equipped with six hydraulic run-on jacks that quickly level the plant, eliminating the need for cribbing. The run-on jacks also ensure the chassis stays level during operation, which minimizes equipment wear. 

Need to recycle highlighted at Circular Driven Economy Symposium 2018

Delegates from all over the world joined together at the inaugural Circular Driven Economy Symposium in London on the 18th - 19th September, to learn more about the opportunities in recovered construction and demolition waste material (C&D waste). Speakers from research bodies like SINTEF, academic institutions like Queen's University Belfast, construction and manufacturing firms like LafargeHolcim and Mapei, and the European Commission all provided plenty for delegates to think about. 

free-magazine-subscription

Get Our Magazine

Paper or Digital delivered monthly to you

Subscribe or Renew Learn more