By Laura Elder
In 1998, the Environmental Protection Agency estimated that 136 million tons of building-related waste is generated in the United States alone.
A 2003 update showed an increase of 164 million tons — of which 9 percent is construction, 38 percent is renovation waste and 53 percent is demolition debris, according to this report.
So, it’s interesting to note that Houston-based Cherry Cos. reports it soon plans to make it easier for area businesses to recycle deconstruction waste. Cherry, a recycling and demolition company, plans to open the 14-acre Hitchcock Recycling Center, 5402 state Highway 6.
The center will mark a fourth such facility for Cherry and will accept concrete, asphalt and residential asphalt for recycling. The center also will pay for concrete.
Eventually, when permits are secure, the Hitchcock center will accept and recycle discarded tires.
The Hitchcock site is the company’s second largest recycling center and can produce concrete and asphalt.
“Overall, recycling preserves the natural environment by reducing the amount of concrete, asphalt, residential composition asphalt shingles and tires that are dumped in landfills,” Cherry President Leonard Cherry said. “Then, when contractors use recycled materials in new construction, this reduces the amount of virgin materials that must be mined.”
What are your thoughts on construction and demolition waste and recycling?
SOURCE: The Daily News