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The future to Recycling

Resource Recoveries & Recycling

The need for recycling and recovering materials on the construction site is becoming more important than ever. Over the past few years, construction levels have soared. With an estimated 30-plus percent of landfill content originating from construction and demolition projects and vigorous building activity; it has put an enormous burden on landfills. Municipalities facing diminishing landfill space are forced to raise tipping fees and promote alternative methods to handle waste removal—mainly to reduce, reuse and recycle. As a result, the construction industry is becoming a superior force in propagating recycling efforts on a national level.

Recycling, material recovery and use of recycled-content products in the construction field are gaining acceptance and momentum. Moreover, the recent formation and aggressive campaigns of new organizations are helping to educate public and private entities on a local, regional and national level. These associations are extolling the importance of implementing recycling programs as well as introducing new procedures and products as they become available. As companies realize the potential cost savings, coupled with a sense of social and moral contribution, recycling is becoming more popular and more accessible.

Many local municipalities have spent years investing time and millions of dollars to insure that they have disposal capacity for waste and the collection infrastructure for waste and secondary materials. Yet, few have seen the potential merits of investing time and funds to build new local capacity to absorb locally collected and disposed materials.
If one could imagine taking the same amount of resources staff time and funds spent on looking for disposal capacity and instead invested that same amount looking to generate new local uses for materials, the results could be dramatic. Some examples of ways to support and invest in building local capacity could include:
• Make existing economic development tools available for recycling based enterprises including grants, technical assistance and loan programs;
• In the long range planning process for soli d waste issues. shift resources towards plans to help build local recycling uses rather than fur away disposal locations;
• Calculate the lost economic benefits of materials leaving the local economy after collection as opposed to staying in the local economy and being reused.

How to Succeed

Construction recycling differs from market to market and is largely dependent on landfill availability. How to maximize the success of recycling efforts for newly emerging recycling markets is to increase the construction of new roadways or increased governmental regulation to ensure that the necessary support for recycling is in place.
Not only does a community need to have the resources for recycling, but there also must be a demand for recycled-content materials to support the economics. Educating architects, engineers, builders and end-users on the availability, quality and cost effectiveness of recycled-content materials also is an important facet to a successful recovery program. There often is a perception that virgin materials are superior to those containing recycled content. Although these claims occasionally may be legitimate, in most cases, the integrity of the remanufactured product is not compromised. In addition, integrating used and recycled-content products into a project can result in significant cost savings.

“Green” construction techniques rest on four cornerstones of the recycling loop. These are waste reduction, material reuse, material recycling and use of recycled-content products.
Waste Reduction: The first step to reducing waste is to re-evaluate design and purchasing processes.

When possible,

1) integrate standard- size materials in project design,

2) review efficiency of specified materials and space layout,

3) review purchase orders to ensure that the correct amount of materials will be brought to the site.

4) work closely with suppliers to reduce packaging waste by having products wrapped in cellophane instead of boxes and

5) return damaged or unused items.
Material Reuse: Often times in a commercial construction project, miscellaneous building materials can be stored on site for use later in the same project or in other projects. For example, A Construction has developed a material swap program in which on-site field superintendents transfer unused materials from project to project by communicating on a regular basis. Unused metal studs and drywall are the most common materials swapped In this method. Simple and logical, this can greatly reduce quantities of waste while reducing costs of other projects.

Material Recycling: Used and unnecessary materials from a construction site can be recovered in a variety of ways. These include mixed-material collection and processing, source separation and time-based separation. The easiest method is the mixed- material collection in which wastes can be placed together in a single container, then taken to a centralized waste-processing facility to be separated by high-tech machinery. The waste-management company then recycles the materials for profit, passing the savings on to the contractor. This procedure eliminates the need for project management to implement an On-Site program. And in many instances, it costs less than standard haul-off services.
In a source-separation program, wastes are separated at the job site. Sometimes, site logistics prohibit use of this method, as each material requires its own waste container. However, significant disposal savings can be realized through this method since no further separation is required by the recycling companies.
The third type of collection is time- based separation, in which recovery efforts are focused on materials used during specific phases of construct ion. For instance, corrugated cardboard waste is typically generated during the final phases of a construct ion project. Time-based separation allows for the recovery of all kinds of materials but often doesn’t require separate bins. Some recyclers will accept loose materials, arranged in piles on the job site. As products are only picked up during specific time periods, this type of program can require additional space for storage and processing.
Recycled Content: An impressive array of materials can be reused for multiple purposes. Recycled concrete can be used as aggregate and incorporated into road-bases or used in new ready-mix concrete; gypsum from used drywall can be a soil additive, a cement additive or a component in new drywall. Other products that have been successfully returned to the construction markets are wood, old corrugated cardboard, metals, glass, asphalt pavement and various roofing materials.

Recycle and Save

Successful recycling programs are driven by demand for recycled content materials. Whenever appropriate and cost effective, use of recycled- content or used goods should be specified by project designers. Examples of available products are gypsum wallboard, acoustical ceiling tile, paving supplies, roofing products, erosion-control fencing, insulation, landscaping walls, parking blocks.

As waste disposal can account for 4 percent to 6 percent of a projects general overhead, even a minor increase in waste removal prices forces contractors to seek more cost effective methods. From 1976 to 1992, average disposal costs increased from $4.90/ton to $32/ton, and currently may command $100/ton in some markets.
The cost of waste disposal continues to rise and landfills continue to close as they reach capacity. Recycling is one way to slow this process. As this trend develops into the industry norm, recycling rates will become more competitive, further increasing the potential monetary advantage of recycling.

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