Cross Environmental Services evaluates each project with an eye toward recycling. Our approach is very consistent; we evaluate the florescent lamps, ballast, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, concrete and asphalt.
Bulbs, Ballast, and Other Mercury Containing Devices:
CES removes the bulbs and all other mercury containing devices. All of these are sorted labeled, containerized, and prepared for shipment and ultimate recycling. Transportation is dependent on the volume of materials being removed. Larger projects will mandate that the recycler remove the materials directly from the project site while smaller projects will require the materials be transported directly by CES and transshipped to the recycler. CES will provide the Owner with a Certificate of Recycling for a project to obtain sufficient points and achive one of the four certifications levels with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) rating system.
Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals:
Most commercial and industrial structures consist of structural and mechanical systems that are made up of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Over ninety percent of these materials can be recycled. During our bidding process, there is an evaluation made of structural steel, copper, aluminum, and other miscellaneous metals. An estimated weight is determined and a dollar value credited against the project.
Metals are segregated during the asbestos abatement and demolition processes. Subsequent to segregation the metals are processed and transported to a recycling facility and ultimately to a smelter for asset recovery. This process of removal, manifesting, and disposal is tracked, and recycling records are kept on each load. This type of record keeping allows CES to provide documentation that is LEEDS compatible and extremely beneficial to the project owner during the LEEDS certification for the new construction.
Concrete and Asphalt Recycling:
Asphalt and concrete are recycled in two different ways on CES projects. On smaller projects the concrete and asphalt are transshipped via CES truck to a commercial retail recycler. On larger projects, CES will mobilize our crushing equipment and crush on-site. The resulting aggregate, fines, or asphalt pebble can either be utilized as road base and structural fill during the new construction or sold from the project location. Either process results in a savings to the Project Owner. The initial savings will be realized in the export trucking and material disposal cost. Additional savings may be realized if there is a need for the material in the new construction activities.
In either case, CES can provide a volumetric or tonnage accounting of the material being recycled and issue a direct certificate for use in the LEEDS rating system.
Building components can be recycled and reused. Examples of this would be doors, windows, cabinets, air handlers, air conditioning units, and hot water heaters. Where possible, CES works with organizations like Habitat For Humanity to recover items that may be usable in homes that are being built or refurbished.
Items are coordinated for removal and assistance provided during this process. While CES cannot give credits for this type of recycling, it is the responsible and ethical approach to guard resources and prevent materials from needlessly going to a landfill.
Contact Cross Environmental Services today to work with an Eco-Friendly Contractor for your next demolition project.