Category Archives: Waste News

That Noise? The Rich Neighbors Digging a Basement Pool in Their $100 Million Brownstone – The New York Times

Nowhere to go but down: Making room for an in-ground pool at 48-50 West 69th Street in Manhattan.CreditCreditBenjamin Norman for The New York Times

Antique fixtures restored or installed only a few years back in No. 48 were destroyed during the demolition, while the Japanese pagoda tree in front was chopped down to make way for construction machinery. (It cost the owners $16,000, payable to the Parks Department, to do so.)

Source: That Noise? The Rich Neighbors Digging a Basement Pool in Their $100 Million Brownstone – The New York Times

Development with preservation | Articles | News | OakPark.com

In the words of Oak Park’s Stephen J. Kelly, a historic preservation specialist, “Will we continue to watch as pollution-spouting equipment turns usable buildings to rubble; more polluting equipment hauls away discarded building materials — concrete, brick, metal and glass — into a landfill to be abandoned?

Source: Development with preservation | Articles | News | OakPark.com

Recyclability of Acoustics

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By volume, the most widely used acoustic material is traditional fiberglass or molten rock materials. Once retired or demolished, these materials are nearly 100-percent disposed of as trash and put into landfills. Despite their obvious recyclability, there is no mechanism or infrastructure to process and reuse these materials. Consequently, none of them are recycled post-use nor made into new products.

Source: Recyclability of Acoustics

The rubble club: An Irish architect watches his life’s work disappear

Veteran architect: Brian HoganVETERAN ARCHITECT: BRIAN HOGAN

“The building was gone.” He had unwittingly become a member of the “rubble club”. This is the tongue-in-cheek term coined in architectural circles to describe a relatively recent phenomenon – the fact that older architects are now outliving many of their own buildings. And in Hogan’s case, the toll of demolition has become relentlessly repetitive as more and more of his work is cleared away, to make room for bigger, contemporary office blocks.

Source: The rubble club: An Irish architect watches his life’s work disappear

In Atlanta’s Grant Park, 1930 school razed for luxury apartments, townhomes – Curbed Atlanta

The Spanish Colonial Revival-style structure. Rag & Bone blog

A few months ago, North Carolina-based developer Grubb Properties demolished the old Grant Park School, a Spanish Colonial Revival-style structure built in 1930.

Source: In Atlanta’s Grant Park, 1930 school razed for luxury apartments, townhomes – Curbed Atlanta

Frank Furness-designed South Philly church on track for demolition – Curbed Philly

Photo by Melissa Romero

It would also mark the latest of Furness’s works to be eradicated. Since the architect’s death in 1912, many of his Philly-based buildings fell into disrepair, and faced the wrecking ball—largely over the first half of the 20th Century.

Source: Frank Furness-designed South Philly church on track for demolition – Curbed Philly

City of Fulshear to demolish Switch House, salvage materials | Community Impact Newspaper

Fulshear City Council voted to demolish the Switch House on FM 359 and salvage the materials for a future project. (Courtesy city of Fulshear)

“No one wanted this end result,” Assistant City Manager Brant Gary said. “But the results from the architect’s review, the current condition and the fact that that it had been converted into a more modern home. All of those things added to the decision-making process.”

Source: City of Fulshear to demolish Switch House, salvage materials | Community Impact Newspaper

Another reason to avoid concrete: silica dust | TreeHugger

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Public Domain Concrete demolition via PXhere

Workers performing concrete chipping at substructure bridge repair sites had the highest level of respirable crystalline silica exposure, a time-weighted average of 527 micrograms per cubic meter of air. That is more than 10 times the PEL of 50 micrograms per cubic meter that OSHA established in its most recent silica regulation (1926.1153).

Source: Another reason to avoid concrete: silica dust | TreeHugger

Berkeley landfill mystery odor finally solved | Editorials | postandcourier.com

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Berkeley County Water and Sanitation workers continued to cover mounds of waste with dirt on Thursday, January 10, 2019, to control any odor coming from the Berkeley County landfill on Highway 52. Brad Nettles/Staff. Brad Nettles bnettles@postandcourier.com

It turns out that the problem began when construction and demolition debris was diverted from the landfill where those materials normally are buried and instead were put into the municipal solid waste landfill…

…C&D debris can include drywall, which contains gypsum, a substance that can produce hydrogen sulfide gas when exposed to water or moisture under anaerobic conditions within municipal solid waste.

Source: Berkeley landfill mystery odor finally solved | Editorials | postandcourier.com

RED BANK: Turning aside pleas, board OKS demolition of Victorian house.

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Flanked by two office buildings also owned by Meridian, the Victorian home is the only one currently slated for demolition. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Over the objections of residents who pleaded that it be saved, the Red Bank planning board approved the demolition of a 118-year-old Victorian house owned by Riverview Medical Center Monday night.

Source: RED BANK: Turning aside pleas, board OKS demolition of Victorian house.

Upcycling Your Way To Sustainability

Customers are taking note: 93% of global consumers expect more of the brands they use to support local social and environmental issues, according to a report by the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The report also found that an estimated 68 million adult Americans base purchasing decisions on their values – personal, social, and environmental – and say they will spend up to 20% more on environmentally sound products.

Source: Upcycling Your Way To Sustainability

American Recycler News, Inc. – ­Closing the loop on C&D materials

“We’ve received calls from desperate construction managers who want to comply with waste regulations and certification requirements, but honestly have no idea where to start,” Natarajan said. “High turnover in the industry exacerbates this issue as institutional knowledge is lost with each regrettable turnover.”

Source: American Recycler News, Inc. – ­Closing the loop on C&D materials

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Torn Down Ahead Of Meeting That Might Have Preserved It – WUFT News

“It affects everyone,” said Morris Hylton, the president of Modern Gainesville, a local nonprofit aimed at preserving mid-century architecture. “It’s an architectural landmark deserving of preservation.”

Source: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church Torn Down Ahead Of Meeting That Might Have Preserved It – WUFT News

Removal of ceramics molds part of demolition work underway at Tarentum building | TribLIVE

Amanda Anderson, of Greensburg, an employee with American Architectural Salvage, tosses a ceramic mold onto a pile outside a building on Fifth Avenue in Tarentum that had housed a ceramics business on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The building is being emptied and gutted to be redeveloped as a community center called 'The Depot.'

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Amanda Anderson, of Greensburg, an employee with American Architectural Salvage, tosses a ceramic mold onto a pile outside a building on Fifth Avenue in Tarentum that had housed a ceramics business on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The building is being emptied and gutted to be redeveloped as a community center called ‘The Depot.’

The molds have been piled outside against the side of the building. They are destined to become clean fill, Rankin said.

Source: Removal of ceramics molds part of demolition work underway at Tarentum building | TribLIVE

The City podcast: How Chicago residents battled an illegal dump — and the mob

Children play in front of Sumner Elementary School in North Lawndale. Across the street, the construction dump looms.

Children play in front of Sumner Elementary School in North Lawndale. Across the street, the construction dump looms. (Photo: Photo courtesy of Sumner Elementary School archive)

“I just thought, ‘Well, somebody’s just parking their trucks in there,’” said Woodson, “’til a guy said, ‘Ms. Woodson, come down, look at this. Do you know that somebody’s over there dumping in that lot?’” And they were. Load after load of broken concrete, rebar, bricks and stones

Source: The City podcast: How Chicago residents battled an illegal dump — and the mob

Don’t Tear Down This Old House

Should a huge new house supplant a more modestly sized old one?

One of the ironies of the tear down trend is that the new construction usually features “green” elements such as solar collectors, LED lighting systems, triple-glazed windows, heat sinks and super-insulated walls and roofs. But the bigger new houses encroach upon open space, uprooting mature plantings that benefit air quality, and remove trees that can provide shade and minimize the energy required to cool buildings.

Source: Don’t Tear Down This Old House

Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, but you can still salvage the antebellum brick

Demolition contractor Brant Grimm told the Times-News Friday he expects to begin razing Rogersville’s historic Blue Spring House in three to four weeks. He said he said he’s willing to salvage the brick and some large timbers from the 175-year old structure, but that wasn’t part of his original plan.

On Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to award the bid to demolish the Blue Spring House, which dates back almost 200 years, on East Main Street to Kingsport-based Grimm Construction for $23,900.

Source: Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, but you can still salvage the antebellum brick

Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings | News-Gazette.com

Photo by: Rick Danzl/The News-Gazette
The Burnham mansion at 603 W. Church St., Champaign.

“The properties were originally constructed in the late 1800s for use as private residences, but in recent years they have been subdivided into multiple apartment units. The properties are wood-frame construction. Many of the original architectural elements remain in the properties,” the notice said.

Source: Peoria firm bid $7,586 to win salvage rights to Burnham Mansion, other buildings | News-Gazette.com

Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’


Looptworks CEO Scott Hanlin said they collected more than 350,000 pounds of uniforms. Anything that’s still high quality was donated; anything that didn’t fit the bill was modified.  “That’s what Looptworks does really well, is working together with companies to get zero waste to landfills and repurpose a lot of those materials,” Hanlin said.

Source: Old Delta uniforms get new life through ‘Upcycle Project’

NY’s Biggest Dumping Bust Nabs 24 on Long Island

“The individuals and companies arrested in connection with this alleged illegal dumping scheme put the health of Suffolk County residents at risk out of pure greed,” Sini said. “These defendants are alleged to have knowingly dumped solid waste and potentially hazardous materials into our residents’ backyards and parks just to line their pockets.”

Source: NY’s Biggest Dumping Bust Nabs 24 on Long Island

NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo estimated 5 million tons of construction and demolition debris is generated annually in the New York metro area. Much of it ends up in the mid-Hudson.“Due to the rural nature of the mid-Hudson Valley area and its proximity to New York City, illegal dumping has been an especially difficult problem through the region,” Cuomo said in February 2017. “Haulers see an easy way to cut costs by dumping loads of waste sourced from New York City in the mid-Hudson Valley.”

Source: NYC’s toxic construction debris litters mid-Hudson

Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Mr Maguire said the day will not only be about fixing damaged items, but also about bringing the community together through a celebration of practical skills that are often overlooked in today’s modern world.

Source: Local blacksmith forging a culture of reuse / Featured news / Newsroom / The University of Newcastle, Australia

Eco-group faces imprisonment after reviving an abandoned Spanish village | Inhabitat

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Currently, six members face more than four years imprisonment each along with a fine of up to $30,000 that will be used to demolish and destroy all of the effort that the group put into rebuilding the village over the last five years.

Source: Eco-group faces imprisonment after reviving an abandoned Spanish village | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

MDF is widely used in the walls of buildings and has so far proven hard to recycle. Credit: Pxhere, licensed under CC0

‘At the end of the building or renovating you probably have fibreboard as waste and, at this point, it’s not recyclable—it’s only burnt or landfilled,’ explained Dr. Vanreppelen. ‘But we’ve developed a process to use it to make a product called activated carbon, which is used as a filter in water purifiers or gas masks.’

Source: Construction waste to be turned into gas masks and sports equipment

 The Last Shot // Caleb Ruecker photographer – Portland OR Historical Crisis – YouTube

Due to a rapid population growth, historic buildings all over Portland are being demolished to make more room for the growing city. But these historic buildings and landmarks help give the city its’ character. That character is what helped portland gain it’s ‘odd-ball’ reputation. Are those days over? Is the city changing permanently? Caleb is a Portland native whose goal is to capture the character of old Portland and share it with us all

Sierra Club joins effort against Rensselaer dump – Times Union

Entrance to the Dunn C&D Landfill Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 in Rensselaer, NY.  (John Carl D'Annibale/Times Union) Photo: John Carl D'Annibale, Albany Times Union / 20042621A

Entrance to the Dunn C&D Landfill Thursday Jan. 11, 2018 in Rensselaer, NY. (John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union)

“It is evident that a number of environmental factors including noise, dust and others were not clearly documented or fully considered in the findings statement when submitted for the permit,” according to the Sierra Club. “We look forward to working with citizens of Rensselaer in this review to ensure we understand the breadth of the issues involved.”

Source: Sierra Club joins effort against Rensselaer dump – Times Union

New S.C. law fights ‘sham recyclers’ of construction, demolition debris | Local | thetandd.com

Currently, certain collectors of construction and demolition debris are able to circumvent the requirement to recycle 75 percent by weight of recovered materials by processing mostly concrete and other heavy debris – leaving solid waste to accumulate on site.

Source: New S.C. law fights ‘sham recyclers’ of construction, demolition debris | Local | thetandd.com

Preservation of Anacortes Junk Co. building uncertain | News | goskagit.com

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The photograph, dated 1920, shows the original location of the Junk Co., which later became Marine Supply & Hardware, still in business today. Photo: Anacortes Museum

The Anacortes Junk Co. building, which was originally a livery stable for horses in the 1890s, was where Efthemios “Mike” Demopoulos opened Marine Supply & Hardware in 1910. The port is opting to tear down the building after a structural engineer’s report deemed it unsafe for occupants.

Source: Preservation of Anacortes Junk Co. building uncertain | News | goskagit.com

Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, building materials salvaged

One of Rogersville oldest houses is going to be torn down, but local leaders are hoping someone salvage the building materials, such as its abundance of antebellum brick, to help save other historic structures.

The board voted unanimously to solicit bids for someone to remove the structure, either for cash alone or as a part of an agreement to use the materials to perform renovations elsewhere in the city.

Source: Kingsport Times-News: Historic Rogersville house to be razed, building materials salvaged

Report: Global construction waste will almost double by 2025 | Waste Dive

According to the study, “reduce, reuse and recycle” policies are necessary to control the amount of construction waste, but insufficient resources, lack of standardization, slim profit margins, policy apathy and lack of education on the issues are keeping that from happening. The Asia Pacific region is expected to generate a majority of the construction waste in the year to come, followed by North America. Europe, according to the report, has developed the best construction waste management technologies.

Source: Report: Global construction waste will almost double by 2025 | Waste Dive

Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

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Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s hammer some bricks!

It is a genuinely comforting thought, that when you look at a brick building any one of those bricks can originate from many different places. Apart from the green-tech-recycling aspect, this makes buildings ooze of history — even if they are brand new.

Source: Centuries Old Tradition Of Recycling Bricks Finally Gets Certified — Danish Company Is World’s First Supplier | CleanTechnica

GLEAN is accepting applications for 2018 from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.

GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.

Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in the fall. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.

Source: GLEANings | Musings from artists working with trash

Petition Aims to Stop Guy Bryant Demolitions | The Portland Chronicle

Three houses are the focus of the petition. Photos from petition website.

“Classic style defines what exists in the neighborhood today, and your plans will amount to an architectural bomb disrupting a consistently historic street,” the petition says.

Source: Petition Aims to Stop Guy Bryant Demolitions | The Portland Chronicle

‘This was our life’: Demolition of former Spa City garden supply store under way – Saratogoan News

Demolition at 79 Henry St. began Monday morning. Joseph Phelan — jphelan@digitalfirstmedia.com

“We all grew up here. You see things [in the building] and then you remember, oh I remember that room,” Nemec saod. “I remember we use to play hide and seek in there, or we used to help the customers. It’s just weird. It’s weird to see your life fall apart right now.”

via: http://www.saratogian.com/general-news/20180129/this-was-our-life-demolition-of-former-spa-city-garden-supply-store-under-way

Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Interior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic (photo by Adam Jeselnick)

“None of us are aware of why the owner changed his mind and moved up his demolition plans.” She added that Ruis had also rejected a request to salvage architectural elements, either prior to or during the demolition process.

Source: Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It

Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The exterior of the Lockridge Medical Clinic, pre-demolition. (Courtesy Montana Preservation Alliance)

The FLWBC notes that this is the first viable, or mostly un-altered, Wright building to be torn down in 40 years, and that it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The demolition was done by developer Mick Ruis in Whitefish, Montana.

Source: Frank Lloyd Wright building in Montana is demolished overnight – Archpaper.com

Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

This video captures the moment when contractors took the roof off a home and sent bricks flying out onto power lines and the road; and knocked the water main open on the corner. Residents had been asking about the poor dust control measures moments before this happened

Source: Demolition News » Video – Playing into the hands of protestors…

The New Carbon Architecture, or why we should be “building out of sky” (Book Review) : TreeHugger

Frieze building being demolished

Jim Howe: Frieze Building, Ann Arbor Michigan, 20047/CC BY 2.0

In chapter 3, Larry Strain makes a great case for renovation, noting that there are two reasons to do it: The first is to reduce operating emissions from existing buildings, and that applies to all buildings. The second is to reduce embodied emissions by renovating existing structures instead of building new ones.

Source: The New Carbon Architecture, or why we should be “building out of sky” (Book Review) : TreeHugger

Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste – Curbed

Biological House was unveiled in Middelfart, Denmark. Photo via Inhabitat

Tomato stems and wood chips, for example, were turned into composite boards, which were then used to build the house. Collaborating with another local architectural practice GXN, Een Til Een used digital production technology to design an adaptable structure that can be quickly assembled and just as easily disassembled—which is why it was built on screw piles instead of a traditional concrete foundation.

Source: Eco-friendly modular home is built from upcycled agricultural waste – Curbed

American Recycler News, Inc. – Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

Carpet removed in construction and demolition projects cause a myriad of problems, including the cost and accessibility of carpet recycling programs. The difficulty of recycling carpeting is because a carpet is comprised of an assembly of parts – the face fiber and backing system – each of which plays a role in the performance of the carpet.The face fibers are considered to be the most valuable part of the carpet for recycling. However, identifying and separating the type of face fibers is a tedious process, considering each face fiber has different properties, so they must be separated. What’s more, the backing systems most often include latex and polyvinylchloride (PVC) backing systems, both of which require different procedures in properly recycling these carpet components.

Source: American Recycler News, Inc. – Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

Construction time again. Deviatov Aleksei

The big unsaid: What I mean here is the carbon emissions involved in making, renovating and then eventually dismantling the building. This includes everything from mining the materials for the cement to chopping down the trees for the floorboards to transporting everything to the building site to digging the foundations; and then later from knocking the building down to disposing of its constituent parts. We sometimes refer to the emissions while a building is functioning as the operational carbon, and all the other emissions across its life cycle as the embodied carbon.

Focusing on one and not the other is puzzling to say the least – we’re effectively trying to take the carbon out of our energy bills while paying no attention to the carbon in the buildings themselves.

Source: So much for COP23 – there’s a whole class of carbon emissions we’re totally ignoring

Introduction: Joe Connell, Incoming Executive Director- BMRA News, November 2017

BMRA Interim Executive Director, Joe Connell

I am excited about leading the BMRA into its next stage because I believe that it is only together as an industry that we can address the issues facing us. Across the country there are countless building material reuse companies and organizations operating to save our resources. Yet way too often we operate alone, or in organizational silos. My vision is that we can all embrace the same goals, and support each other to the same ends.

Source: BMRA News, November 2017

Fireworks Flash Sale Thru Friday – Last Chance for Discount Tix

Last chance for earlybird pricing + outstanding keynotes + book your hotel now!

Fireworks Flash Sale Thru Friday!

Say that five times fast…

In keeping with a celebratory week, we’ve created a special sale and brought back earlybird pricing on Decon + Reuse ’17 for five days only!. Register today to lock in the savings, or wait til Sunday and help donate a bit extra to the BMRA.

Jim Lindberg & Adam Minter – Keynote Speakers

We have locked down two really outstanding keynote speakers for the conference. On Monday September 25th, Adam Minter will kick off the conference speaking to the globalization of reuse and recycling markets. Then on Tuesday we’ll hear from Jim Lindberg of Preservation Green Lab on how reuse is a key tool of re-urbanization and future building.

Hotel Blocks in Portland

The low low pricing that we managed to negotiate at two hotels in Portland expires on 7/24/17 – book your rooms today!