American Wrecking, Inc. recycles and reduces waste on all projects possible as a normal course of doing business. Wast reduction and recycling is a significant part of our business. To win jobs you must be the low bidder, to be the low bidder, you must reduce your waste and recycle! With ever rising costs of tipping fees at landfills and the daily tonnage allowances being reduced, American Wrecking, Inc. is continually searching for more efficient and economic ways of reducing waste and recycling materials from every project we undertake.
Unreinforced brick buildings are wrecked in a manner to allow salvage of the bricks. Depending on the methods of demolition, as much as 75% of the bricks can be recycled. Common red brick is in demand and is recycled whenever possible.
Wood for reuse such as dimensional timbers and plywood sheeting is removed and used for construction on other projects. The wood that cannot be saved and is not reusable is ground up and used for mulch. Although some wood products are sent to the landfills, it is a small percentage of the overall quantity.
Metals of all types are salvaged for resale. These materials have resale value both as reusable and scrap metals to be recycled.
Electrical equipment may also have resale value. American Wrecking, Inc. has many outlets for such items as switchgear, transformers, lighting and wire, all of which are salvaged and kept out of the landfill stream.
- Concrete Crushing
On the majority of our projects, the concrete removed is recycled on site, where it is crushed to a base material and can be used in the new construction or sold. When the project is too small to bring in a crusher or there is no need for the material on site, the concrete is hauled to a local crushing site where it is crushed and sold as a reusable base material.
Asphalt, like concrete, can be crushed for use on site or sold for use off site. If the asphalt is not used on site, it is hauled to a local crusher where it can be crushed along with concrete to make reusable base material and sold. Asphalt can also be pulverized in place and used for fill material or as dust cover. Asphalt is also used by landfills for cover, and in some instances the landfill pays American Wrecking, Inc. for the material.
- Green Waste / Trees
Green waste is a material that is source separated on site and hauled to the local recycling facility to be ground up and processed for mulch. Large pieces of trees are cut and hauled to a facility that either buys or takes the material free depending on the demand at the time of the project. Trees are then cut up for firewood or ground up in tub grinders for mulch or ground cover.
While other contractors send all demolition materials straight to the local landfills, American Wrecking, Inc. approaches things differently. American Wrecking, Inc. has partnered with Importaciones Inmobiliarias Galaviz, S.A. de C.V., a used building material facility selling recycled construction materials which are in high demand in Mexico.