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C&D recyclers honored.

At its recent Annual Meeting in Miami, the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) presented its 2006 awards for excellence in construction and demolition recycling.

Byron Lord of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) was named C&D Recycler of the Year. Within FHWA, Lord has been a catalyst for that agency's acceptance and promotion of the use of recycled materials in the highway environment.

The CMRA's Concrete/Asphalt Recycler of the Year is Dan Copp Crushing, which has been recycling those materials since 1970 in one of the most active recycled aggregates market in North America, Southern California. Dan Copp ranked at No. 5 on Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine's list of Top 20 concrete and asphalt recyclers.

The winner of the CMRA's Mixed C&D Recycler of the Year award is also based in Southern California and was an honorable mention in last year's award competition. Since then Downtown Diversion has maintained its certified 76 percent recycling rate, the highest among the 10 recycling facilities certified by the city of Los Angeles.

The facility takes in mixed C&D and separates the material into dean concrete and asphalt to send to another recycling facility. Scrap metal, wire and cable are marketed to local scrap dealers, while wood and green materials are ground on site for both the mulch and biomass markets. ADC is only about 10 percent of its total production. In addition, clean drywall is processed for agricultural use.

By keeping all of its operations under roof, Downtown Diversion also wins good neighbor points.

The Horry County Solid Waste Authority won the award for Best Government Recycling Program. Besides owning the local landfill, Horry County SWA also operates a variety of equipment to recycle the C&D material that arrives at the site.

The authority is a quasi-governmental agency based in Conway, S.C., near Myrtle Beach. It has separate areas for MSW and C&D debris. After starting off years ago with tire recycling, the agency began a composting facility where the wood is separated into three categories--yard waste, land clearing and clean C&D. A horizontal grinder processes 30,000 tons of wood per year and the authority has additional equipment needed to make a finished compost product. It also has a chipper to make mulch out of another 6,000 tons of land clearing debris.

Other materials that the Horry County Solid Waste Authority accepts include metals, OCC, asphalt shingles and concrete. The latter two are ground up and crushed respectively to provide temporary roads at the landfill face, and for the last 10 years the facility has not had to buy outside materials for that job.

The 2006 CMRA Awards were presented at C&D World in Miami in mid-January.
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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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