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GREEN IS THE HOT COLOR EVERY CONTRACTOR
WANTS TO BE WEARING, BUT WHAT ARE THE REAL-WORLD
BENEFITS AND CHALLENGES OF RECYCLING?
BY AMY DREW THOMPSON
YOU SEE IT AT local craft fairs and farm-

ers markets and on vacation in touristy
shops. Old bottles turned into beautiful
wind chimes. Salvaged windows, junked
from a house remodel, repackaged into
"vintage" decorative pieces (and priced in
the hundreds!). Watch HGTV or DIY for 10
minutes. Visit Etsy. Recycling. Upcycling.
Repurposing. It's hot and trendy and green
and laudable, and it makes both individuals and corporations feel and look good.
And - depending on the regulations
and facilities near your jobsite - it can
also be what's best for your bottom line.
"Being sustainable is highly marketable," says Cameron Flower, CPESC, QSD/P,
REM and senior environmental manager
for Kitchell Contractors, Inc., a member
of multiple AGC chapters. "Sophisticated
owners want sophisticated contractors
who can think out of the box to not only
provide cost savings to their projects but
added value with respect to compliance
and green initiatives."
So how easy is it to up the recycling
ante in the way your company does business? Read on for the ins and outs.

WHAT'S REUSABLE?
In short? A lot. And metal, not that this
is news, is by far the most valuable.
"We've taken cable out of the ground
when we've replaced electrical feeders
and that stuff will get up and walk away if
you don't secure it!" jokes Joseph Riccillo.
"It can have the highest-yield cost benefit,
and I've seen people not recycle any of that
stuff on the jobsite because they know
somebody's going to come write them a
check and pick it up."
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Riccillo, PMP, LEED AP is project director for Sundt Construction, Inc., in El Paso,
Texas. Sundt is a member of multiple AGC
chapters. He says people were recycling
scrap metal long before the sustainability requirements, but these days a host
of other materials are desirable - and
recyclable.
"Concrete, gypsum board, wood, roof
tiles ..." he rattles off. "In fact, one of our
recycling companies has a patent on a
patch mix they make out of recycled roof
tiles and asphalt ... it's a good product!
But the point is that there are demands
for various things based on the products
these companies come up with."
Concrete, obviously, can be crushed
back into concrete powder, so it's rapidly
recyclable, but Riccillo sees its reuse in
solid form, as well.
"We cut those highway sidewalls into
three-foot sections and someone asked
us for them - they're actually using them
as pavers for landscape improvements on
new, developing properties. And gypsum -
we see a lot of use in the farming industry
and at the dump."
At the landfill, the materials present
in gypsum greatly reduce the toxic gases
produced by bacteria. It's also a source of
sulphur and calcium - beneficial in farming for plant nutrition - while improving
soil structure and acidity, water infiltration
and reducing erosion.
"Wood scraps are in demand, as well,"
says Riccillo. "They grind it into mulch for
playgrounds."
But smart wood recycling could take it
through various life cycles before it ends
up under the feet of school children, says

Mike Zarley, CPESC, QSD/P, LEED BC+D.
"Lumber is re-used many times for things
such as concrete forms, handrails, stairs,
etc., usually to the point where it is unusable due to wear and tear."
Zarley, an environmental manager for
Kitchell Contractors, Inc., says they'll even
give waste haulers ideas on finding the right
recycler for the materials they're taking.
"One found someone who wanted
chipped lumber for use in horse stables
as bedding."
At the end of the project, it's the lightweight products taking up the most space,
says Flower.
"When a building is undergoing fit up,
there is a lot of cardboard, plastic wrap,
pallets, etc. The good news is that most of
this can be recycled if the contractor has
the means to do so - not all areas of the
country have specific outlets, and (often)
there is a cost to recycle some of the product as facilities do not have an end user to
ready to accept."

CHALLENGES
Again, says Flower, it's often the enduser part of the equation that poses the
biggest hurdle.
"Contractors have the ability to sort and
separate materials, but if there isn't a place
to accept it, the materials eventually make
their way to the landfill. It's sad, but sometimes true. Contractors can do their best
to ensure there's minimal waste and one
of the ways we do this is to make sure we
have a good QA/QC program to minimize
known defects."
That means anything that isn't done
right the first time must be repaired,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - November/December 2017

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Big Plans in the Big Easy
The Workforce Shortage Report
Simonson Says
Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Strategic Scaffolding
Inside AGC
Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Construction Corner
Green Is the New Black
Technology Toolbox
A Diamond in the Rough
Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - November/December 2017 - intro
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover1
Constructor - November/December 2017 - cover2
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 3
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 4
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 5
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 6
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 8
Constructor - November/December 2017 - President’s Message
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 10
Constructor - November/December 2017 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 12
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Big Plans in the Big Easy
Constructor - November/December 2017 - The Workforce Shortage Report
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Simonson Says
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 16
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Sundt Partnering With Central Arizona College to Address Skilled Worker Shortage in Arizona
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Strategic Scaffolding
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 19
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 20
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 21
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 22
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 23
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 24
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Inside AGC
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Versatility: The Name of the Concrete Game
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 27
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 28
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 29
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 30
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Construction Corner
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Green Is the New Black
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 33
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 40
Constructor - November/December 2017 - A Diamond in the Rough
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 42
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 43
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 44
Constructor - November/December 2017 - Harnessing Expensive Insurance Claims With Big Data
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Constructor - November/December 2017 - 48
Constructor - November/December 2017 - 2017 Software Services Guide – a Special Advertising Section
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