New California C&D recycling center to provide relief to landfills

Waste Management’s new sorting line can process up to 35 tons of C&D material per hour.

Business and community environmental leaders joined executives from Waste Management (WM) to unveil a Construction and Demolition (C&D) Processing and Recycling Center that will generate new green jobs in El Cajon. Using the latest in eco-technology, the facility will recover and process up to 130,000 tons of commercial construction waste, as well as traditional recyclables, annually.

The C&D Processing and Recycling Center was built in response to growing consumer and government interest in green programs to both reduce the amount of building materials waste going to landfills and to encourage reuse, recycling and recovery. C&D accounts for more than 22 percent of the overall waste stream in California, 35 percent of the waste at Miramar Landfill, and it is estimated at more than 100,000 tons annually for the unincorporated areas of the county and over 1 million tons countywide.

From sheet rock and concrete to wood and metal, the $7 million, state-of-the-art sorting line, custom built for WM by Lubo, separates C&D recyclable items from the waste stream collected at commercial building sites or home remodeling projects. The line also has state-of-the-art TiTech optical sorting capabilities for the processing of dry recyclables such as aluminum cans, glass and newspapers from commercial trash loads. Fully staffed, the line could employ up to 30 people and process up to 30-35 tons per hour of C&D materials and approximately 25 tons per hour of dry recyclables.

The materials processed through the sort line can be sold for use in a number of different ways. Sheet rock may be transformed into soil amendment for farming applications while scrap metal can be recycled to make other steel products. Wood can be processed into landscape cover or used to generate green power.