CDRA "roadmap" details strategies to increase C&D recycling
“C&D Recycling Roadmap” provides an overview of the industry, case studies of successful programs
State and local governments can learn about techniques to increase the rates of recycling for construction and demolition (C&D) materials in a new document released by the C&D Recycling Association.
The "C&D Recycling Roadmap" provides a detailed explanation of the C&D industry, while also providing case studies of successful government programs that helped C&D recycling, as well as other proactive decisions governments can make to help divert from landfills the largest waste material stream in the United States.
Municipalities play a crucial role in supporting the growth of C&D recycling markets, financially and legislatively. Local governments can develop financial support programs to promote recycling facilities purchase advanced processing equipment, cover fees associated with permitting a new recycling facility or incentivize projects to use recycled materials instead of virgin materials. Legislative and regulatory opportunities include establishing ordinances that require haulers to drop materials off at certified recycling facilities prior to disposal, creating procurement policies that provide end markets, instituting disposal bans for certain C&D materials and requiring minimum diversion targets for construction and demolition projects.
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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.
When considering the addition of, or upgrade to, an "intelligent" MRF, for municipalities or private operators, the main factors should always be the client's (operator) current requirements, and evolving market needs, which include throughput, reliability, output quality, and adaptability. Equally important is a full understanding of what is really expected from any proposed system. Having an engaged and focused mindset for the project with the client from the beginning, will impact and drive the entire design process. This then impacts the overall project result, through to the productive, efficient, ongoing operation of the facility itself.