75% Landfill Diversion Rate
Currently R3 Recycling operates the construction and demolition recycling facility at Martin County’s Transfer Station in Palm City, Florida handling approximately 35,000 tons of construction and demolition debris annually. On average, R3 diverts 75% of all incoming C&D material from being disposed in Florida landfills.
R3 Recycling collects construction and demolition (C&D) materials which, as a category, accounts for nearly 25% of Florida’s total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream. A wide range of these materials can be recovered and reused or recycled into new products.
Types of material collected for reuse and recycling include:
According to CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort), during 2011 a total of 330 million pounds of post-consumer carpet was diverted from landfills, with 250 million pounds being recycled. This recycling effort saved approximately 2.3 million barrels of oil. Post-consumer carpet is compounded into resins for use in automotive, furniture, household, and other applications, and can also be recycled into new carpet products.
Foam & Carpet Padding
Today, foam in its many forms comprises nearly 90 percent of all carpet padding produced and sold in the U.S. The main reason for this is the ease with which foam padding can be recycled. In fact, over half of all used carpet padding is recycled each year. Given the fact that the average home carpet lasts for seven to ten years, and that this recycling process can be repeated eight to ten times, foam padding has an impressive 60 to 100 year life cycle.
Keeping concrete debris out of landfills saves landfill space, reduces the need for gravel mining, and saves the estimated 1,360 gallons water needed to produce just one ton of cement. Concrete block, rock, marble, and stone is recycled into aggregate for use in roads, driveways, and parking lots. Larger pieces of crushed concrete, such as “RipRap”, can be used for erosion control.
Brick and clay are collected, separated, and processed for use in road base. Used brick is also sometimes re-used in decorative applications because of its unique and aged look. Unused brick can also be recycled. Brick can be recycled through a crushing process, creating “brick chips.” Those brick chips can be used as a landscape material, or can be reground through the manufacturing process to create new, quality brick.
Cardboard is primarily used in packing and shipping materials. On average, each person uses over a hundred pieces of cardboard a year. According to Environmental Efficiency at Work, 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 cubic yards of a landfill and 4,100 hours of electricity are saved by recycling 1 ton of cardboard. Recycled cardboard is repurposed for a variety of uses such as creating new cardboard, paper and shipping materials.
Iron, steel, brass, copper, aluminum, structural members, piping, fasteners, steel studs, siding, wiring, duct work, and sheet metal goods are recycled for use in new products. The benefit of scrap metal recycling is that it has an indefinite reuse life; metal can be recycled over and over without losing strength. Popular uses for recycled metals are soft drink cans, office products such as filing cabinets, and when mixed with new steel even automobiles.
Motors & Compressors
Electric motors and compressors are highly recyclable. They can contain copper, nickel, steel and other recyclable metals that when recycled reduce the need for new mining of these materials.
Plastics – Film
Plastic bag and film recovery has increased nearly 50% since 2005. Recovery of post-consumer film (which includes plastic bags and product wrap) grew to an estimated 971.8 million pounds in 2010. Plastic film and sheeting as well as agricultural film are recycled into new plastics-derived products including plastic and composite lumber, garbage bags, agricultural plastic films, fencing, asphalt paving mix, and decking products.
Plastics – Mixed Rigids
Mixed Rigids include everything from plastic containers to garbage cans to plastic lawn furniture. A minimum of 826 million pounds of post-consumer non-bottle rigid plastic was recovered in 2010. Recycled mixed rigids are used to make pipe, buckets, pots, crates, and automotive products. They are also used in composite products, such as lumber, pallets and railroad ties. Recycling one ton of plastic saves the equivalent of 1,500 gallons of gasoline.
White goods include major appliances such as refrigerators, washers, dryers, and air conditioners. White goods are collected and recycled primarily for scrap metal. Over 50% of the world’s steel production uses recycled scrap metal, making it one of the world’s most recycled materials.
Many people are unaware that wood products also can be recycled for a variety of uses inside and outside the home. Clean untreated and uncontaminated wood is recycled into mulch, animal bedding, and biomass fuel. Recycled wood can be used in landscaping products, from lumber to mulch to surfacing materials for walkways and playground equipment. These materials can be used in parks, private or public gardens, golf courses and municipal areas.