Allied Opens Chicago C&D Facility

Date: September 24, 2008

Source: Allied Waste Industries

Allied Waste Opens New C&D Facility

Allied Waste Services has opened its newest Construction & Demolition facility in Chicago. The $8 million facility is the first of its kind in the metro area, will have the capacity to process up to 1,500 tons of recyclables per day.

"This facility exemplifies Allied's commitment and leadership as the region's largest recycler by offering communities and businesses economically sustainable recycling options." said Bob Kalebich, general manager of MRFs and transfer stations. "The facility's state-of-the-art equipment can accept almost all types of C&D debris and recover 90 percent of all recyclable material."

Designed specifically to accept commingled loads, Allied employs both mechanical and manual sorting in its process - providing the highest recovery rate possible. The facility can process C&D materials generated during the construction, renovation, and demolition of buildings, roads, and bridges. Most construction waste is wood, drywall, metals, concrete/dirt, and cardboard -- materials that can be reused and recycled.

The recycling center will be a key source of chipped wood that will be used to fire boilers at Robbins Community Power Plant, which will operate the power plant. The power plant needs 350,000 tons of wood chips annually.

"As LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council becomes more and more a standard in new construction, builders and developers can rely on a successful C&D recycling program to gain two out of 13 points awarded by the USGBC in the Materials and Resources category," added Kalebich. "The growing demand for building green requires a convenient, easy, and cost competitive service for recycling C&D. By accepting mixed, unsorted debris in one centralized container, Allied Waste provides by far the most desirable solution for recycling C&D."

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