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C&D Recycling Is ‘Huge Money’

Processing construction and demolition waste saves valuable landfill space and represents “huge money,” Brendan McKenzie, national sales manager, OSA Demolition Equipment, tells Municipal Solid Waste Management.

The trade publication reports that an end user of McKenzie’s company’s products told him some C&D recyclables are now so valuable “they’re actually mining landfills” to retrieve them. “They’re going back and looking for metal they threw away a few decades ago. It’s basically money buried right there in their landfill.”

C&D recycling is a $7.4 billion industry, Recycling Today reports. More than 480 million tons of C&D waste is generated in the US annually, making it the largest individual solid waste stream in the country.


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2 thoughts on “C&D Recycling Is ‘Huge Money’

  1. The numbers cited from Recycling Today is actually from our organization, the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association. They were part of the first ever White Paper on the C&D Recycling industry in North America. For more information on the economic impact and enviroinmental benefits of C&D recycling, go to http://www.cdrecycling.org

  2. This is largely why, the Construction Resource Initiatives Council which started in Canada but issues an international call-to-action on the matter in 2013, dubbed Mission 2030.

    Now we are focusing on an integration initiatives and our priority is pilot projects between Canada and US because much of the C&D in Canada is dumbed in US landfills for a fraction of the tipping fees and the illegal trade in building resources is an international matter (not just waste trafficking)

    Mission 2030 is listed in the UNEP 10YFP (UB Environment Programme 10 Year Framework Programs) Directory of approved initiatives and was the MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence Award Winner for the Climate Colab Contest on Waste Management

    Also contrary to popular opinion, C&D waste is far from harmless but we won’t fix the problem just with recycling. It’s the whole public and private system on development that has to change. This starts with public system reforms at all levels guiding public decision makers and civil society.

    We hope to have many reasons join us in Mission 2030 and the Integration Initiative

    Readers can find out more on these at http://www.cricouncil.com or e-mailing me at info@cricouncil.com

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