City Wide Recycling acquired by Waste Management
Waste Management has expanded the recycling services
it provides to construction and demolition contractors
by acquiring City Wide Recycling LLC.
City Wide Recycling developed southeastern Wisconsin’s
largest, and only automated, processing facility for
recyclable wastes collected at construction and demolition
job sites, said John Kelly, Midwest group recycling director
for Waste Management.
The plant, located in Milwaukee, receives mixed loads
of waste from job sites, sorting the materials by type
and preparing them for shipment to manufacturers that
can use the reclaimed plaster, wood, masonry, plumbing,
wiring, soil, rock, cardboard, plastics and other materials.
It began operating in October 2006.
City Wide founders John Hansen and Eric Konik will become
consultants to Waste Management, helping the company
grow its construction-sector recycling services around
the country, Kelly said.
Construction and demolition work produces about 1.4 million
tons of debris annually, nearly 29 percent of the total
waste produced statewide, according to a 2006 report
by the Wisconsin Governor’s Task Force on Waste Materials
Recovery and Disposal.
Environmentally sensitive contractors are fueling booming
growth in recycling at construction sites in southeastern
Wisconsin, said Kelly, and those companies are recycling
voluntarily. Wisconsin laws mandating segregation of
materials such as cardboard and beverage containers don’t
require recovery of wood, cement and other waste types
typically produced in large volumes during building and
Contractors’ recycling initiatives are in turn driven
by a growing demand for green building practices among
the institutions and homeowners purchasing building services,
Kelly noted. For example, on January 1 the state of Wisconsin
began requiring construction contractors it hires to
recycle at least 50 percent of the waste produced during
construction of state building projects of $5 million
or more and all demolition projects.
Some 61 percent of contractors rate waste management
plans as the second most important aspect of green building,
just behind energy efficiency, according to a November
2009 study conducted by McGraw-Hill Construction with
support from Waste Management. The study found that waste
diversion activity is increasing despite the recession,
with 20 percent of contractors diverting half of their
construction waste on 60 percent or more of their projects,
and 25 percent expecting to do so within the year.