April 2006

County solid waste authority and C&D company win awards

Newton NH— Proving that it’s not just speed skaters and downhill racers who are recognized for their efforts, CBI clients Downtown Diversion (Los Angeles, California) and Horry County Solid Waste Authority (Conway, South Carolina) have brought home the gold from this years Construction Management Recycling Association (CMRA) meeting held recently in Miami, Florida.

Horry County was awarded the honor for Best Government Recycling Program, and Downtown Diversion was named C&D Recycler of the Year. The awards are given out annually to those companies that have accepted the challenge to expand the C&D recycling industry and who meet CMRA’s very strict criteria for excellence.

Downtown Diversion has owned a CBI Magnum Force 4000 since 2004, and uses it to process construction wood and green materials into mulch and biomass. Converting waste into usable products helps the company keep tipping fees low by maintaining a recycling rate of 75%.

Horry County is a quasi-governmental agency located near Myrtle Beach. Operations include tire recycling, metals, OCC, asphalt shingles, and concrete, along with a composting facility that processes yard waste, land clearing debris. According to the director of operations, Gerald Johnstone, “Anyone who doesn’t grind up and recycle wood and shingles is just throwing money away.” Besides creating products that have beneficial reuse as fuel, alternative daily cover, and grading and sloping material, Johnstone estimates that his recycling efforts save the county between 150,000 and 200,000 cubic yards of air space annually.


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