Sept. 24, 2012— Cherry, the Houston-based recycling and demolition company, will participate in the 9th annual American Solar Energy Society (ASES) Houston Solar Tour to help showcase solar energy as an alternative energy source.
Cherry, as one of the largest recyclers in the Texas and the Gulf Coast, has long been an advocate for sustainable energy and responsible use of the earth’s resources. While primarily known as a demolition company, Cherry also recycles millions of tons of concrete and asphalt and thousands of tons of steel every year. In addition, the company recycles residential composition shingles and tires.
The company will host a booth at the City of Houston’s Permitting Center, 1002 Washington Ave., from 9 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. The Permitting Center is a recently restored, four-story, 85-year-old former rice warehouse with a roof-top solar system and raised floors to improve air flow and a demonstration vegetated roof garden that’s watered with harvested rainwater and condensate from the building’s HVAC system.
Organizers of the Solar Tour hope to inspire individuals to make sustainable energy choices that help lower costs, support energy independence, protect against power outages and reduce carbon emissions. Houston is one of 3,200 communities across the U.S. hosting similar open-house tours of more than 5,500 solar-powered buildings throughout the year.
Cherry began operating as a house moving company in 1952 and quickly branched out into residential and commercial demolition projects. In 1996, the company launched its concrete recycling operations primarily in order to recycle concrete removed from its demolition jobs.
More growth came in 2001 when the production of stabilized materials became part of the Cherry operation. Cherry began its concrete removal division in 2003 to remove highways, bridges and other concrete structures, thus creating another source of material to be recycled at Cherry’s recycling centers. The company purchased portable concrete crushing equipment that same year in order to recycle aggregates on customers’ job sites. Over time, Cherry began recycling asphalt, residential composition shingles and tires.