The new facility, located on 14 acres, is accepting concrete, asphalt and residential composition asphalt shingles for recycling. At the present time the company says it will not be taking in any wood at the facility. “It is not cost-effective to recycle wood,” says Leonard Cherry, president of Cherry. However, he says that if the dynamics change, the company could start accepting wood.
The new facility will have primary and secondary screens, a pug mill as well as some peripheral equipment to help process the material. Cherry says that the new facility will service the Galveston County area around Houston.
The raw product feed that will be delivered to the new facility will come from Cherry’s demolition jobs, rolloffs and the company’s other operations.
Cherry also has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for a permit to accept and recycle used tires at the new recycling center. Until the permit is approved, Cherry will only collect tires at the new facility and ship them to the company’s Houston recycling center for processing.
Cherry acknowledges that handling tires is a fairly new product for Cherry. “Tires, RAP (Recycled Asphalt Product) and RAS (Recycled Asphalt Shingles) are materials we have added in the past two years. For us, growth is driven by either geographic expansion or new product lines. We have to think outside the box.”