building material recycling Articles

  • Strategies for building material reuse and recycle

    Reuse and recycling of building material is a growing area of interest and concern in many parts of the USA. Current practices and trends in the building material waste management area are examined from a building life cycle standpoint or cradle to reincarnation concept. Strategies include zero waste, integrated recycling, international approaches, reuse of materials, resource optimisation, waste ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • ReStore – Recycling building materials and cardboard too! - Case Study

    Each year, ReStore in New Brighton, Minnesota keeps at least 690 tons of Twin Cities building materials from entering the landfill! With amazing recycling results under their belt, Restore is always aiming at doing more to help the Earth. They are building a new ReStore in South Minneapolis, scheduled to ...


    By Harmony Enterprises, Inc.

  • Recycling Systems, Inc.: diverting waste material from landfills

    By recovering materials at its own facility and reducing waste travel to landfills, RSI is competitive in a marketplace of giants while providing a platform for sustainability and environmental stewardship. With the rollup of many independent waste haulers in the late 1990s, many construction companies found themselves with few service vendor choices. The family owners ...


    By Waste Advantage Magazine

  • Aluminum Recycling

    The Customer The Company is one of the largest producers of aluminum. They conduct business worldwide and serve the aerospace, automotive, building, construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics, oil & gas, packaging and industrial products & services markets. Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today. ...

  • Recovery, Recycling and Revenues

    Earlier this year, the UK’s Local Government Association (LGA) revealed that almost 615,000 tonnes of material is disposed of in England, even though it can be reused. It was calculated that by reusing this household waste, British tax payers could save up to £60 million. Most industries produce some form of waste whether it’s broken machinery, surplus food, or unused packaging. ...


    By GPT Waste Management Ltd

  • Design for recycling: a route to green ship recycling

    Ship recycling at the end of a ship’s useful life aims to make the shipping industry more environmentally sustainable and is a major source of employment in developing countries. However, there are associated health, safety and environmental concerns. This study argues these concerns are due to inappropriate design and explains how ‘design for recycling’ can reduce the costs and ...

  • Is it time to rethink recycling?

    If our current approach to recycling isn’t the best for the economy or the environment, why do we do it? Criticize recycling and you may as well be using a fume-spewing chainsaw to chop down ancient redwoods, as far as most environmentalists are concerned. But recent research into the environmental costs and benefits and some tough-to-ignore market realities have even the most ...


    By Ensia

  • An Empirical Perspective on Building Durability

    ABSTRACT This paper presents results from a recent Athena Institute survey of the reasons for demolishing 227 commercial and residential buildings in St. Paul , Minnesota from 2000 to mid-2003. Despite the dearth of statistical data for North America , there is an increasing tendency to make assumptions or claims about the relative durability of different structural ...

  • Building Sustainable Sanitation Systems

    A low cost system of resource management such as composting toilets is helping to mitigate many of Haiti’s social and ecological challenges. The Caribbean Republic of Haiti — the poorest, most environmentally degraded country in the Western Hemisphere with a population of about 10 million — is a case study in forestry and soil fertility mismanagement. A colonial ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a house like Lego

    Home show exhibitor builds houses out of cargo containers that can be assembled in just a few hours OTTAWA - Bernard Morin would like us to start thinking inside the box. If we did. he says, we could build homes more quickly, less expensively and a lot greener. Morin, along with his wife and business partner, Jocelyne Labelle, sells homes made from recycled maritime shipping ...

  • Home, Sweet Wastewater Building

    How can a wastewater treatment plant embedded into a neighborhood not use much landmass and be environmentally friendly and user-friendly all at the same time? One system aims to do all of the above. Why should a wastewater treatment plant always have to look like, well, a wastewater treatment plant?  A visual trip through project files of Aqueonics Inc., based in Greenville, SC, reveals photos ...


    By Aqueonics, Inc.

  • Do certified sustainable buildings perform better than similar conventional buildings?

    The aim of this study is to assess the performance of sustainable buildings. Its objective is to compare certified green buildings with similar in location, size, age and function conventional buildings by testing hypotheses that green buildings perform better than conventional ones. Objective data including building costs, energy and water consumption, material recycling, indoor pollution ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Recycling efficiency in the construction industry

    Construction clients, policy makers and planners are increasingly setting requirements to encourage greater use of recovered materials in construction. A number of construction clients and product manufacturers have shown a desire to expand the consideration of materials efficiency to include recyclability as part of the sustainable construction agenda. Potentially there are significant benefits ...

  • Recycling asphalt shingles a boon for Minnesota C&D Recycler

    The Northeast Recycling Council estimates that more than 11 million tons of asphalt shingles are scrapped in the U.S. each year; 10 million from installation tear-offs and re-roofing jobs and another one million discarded as waste by asphalt shingle manufacturers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that shingle waste makes up 8 percent of the total building-related waste stream ...


    By Vermeer

  • Solid waste sustainability related to building deconstruction

    This paper discusses various issues of sustainability in relation to solid waste and building deconstruction. Four major themes are researched: (1) the major challenges in the deconstruction and demolition processes, (2) the monetary and social impacts of deconstruction, (3) the decision criteria for deconstruction vs. demolition and (4) the strategic issues in deconstruction and lessons learned ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The rise of the Fuxing recycling empire

    Yulin Wang is a typical example of the new generation of young but passionate Chinese entrepreneurs. In just 10 years, he has built something of a recycling empire comprising plastics, paper and metals interests. His Hangzhou Fuxing group of companies has its headquarters in the Chinese town of Hangzhou but also operates plants in Europe and Turkey. The word ‘workaholic’ could have been invented ...

  • Blazing the plastics recycling trail

    In the past year, MBA Polymers has opened two facilities showcasing its high-tech recycling process for plastics from end-of-life durable goods. Those plants, in China and Austria, are just the beginning for this plastics recycling pioneer; over the next two years, the company is hoping to announce at least one additional facility in Europe as well as the development of another operation in Asia. ...

  • Building Farm And Food Scrap Digesters

    In the past several weeks, we received invitations to two ribbon cuttings for newly installed farm-based digesters — one at a dairy farm in western Massachusetts and another at a swine operation in North Carolina. We also received a press release from the University of California, Davis, about its new food scraps digester on campus. And then there were a few new projects that we had been ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Building a lower carbon construction industry

    Dominic Burbidge, Senior Client Manager Carbon Trust Advisory takes a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain Carbon reduction is a complex challenge for all organisations, not least those in the construction industry. Taking a cradle-to-grave view of the construction sector value chain means considering all aspects of the design, construction, use and demolition of ...


    By Carbon Trust

Need help finding the right suppliers? Try XPRT Sourcing. Let the XPRTs do the work for you