How C&D recycling is faring in the US, Canada

By |  April 23, 2024
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Mark Krause of McLanahan Corp. addresses members of the trade press during an AGG1 2024 press conference. Photo: P&Q Staff

Construction and demolition (C&D) recycling has been taking off in North America for several years.

The topic was a theme of McLanahan Corp.’s press conference last month at AGG1, where vice president Mark Krause detailed the trajectory of C&D recycling in the U.S. and Canadian markets.

“We’re seeing this everywhere,” says Krause, whose company is now among those entrenched in C&D recycling. “I think it’s because of the economics. [We’re] seeing this in the West, Texas, in the East and in different geologies. Even right around here (Nashville) … we’re seeing demand and requests for it.”

Aggregate producers are among those venturing into C&D recycling, he adds.

“If you think about the companies over in Europe – the Heidelbergs (formerly Hanson), Holcim, Lafarge, CRH – [they] have been doing it over there for 10 years,” Krause says. “So, it’s pretty easy for them to bring that over here.”

Additionally, Krause says the equipment involved isn’t all that different than what’s typically used to process virgin aggregates.

“We’ve got a screener here that’s going to scalp, and [we] have oversize that goes to a jaw – much like we’ve been doing for 40 years,” Krause says. “We’re processing recycle with a jaw and a cone. We have [a] logwasher and we’re scrubbing. It’s stuff that we’ve done forever.

“We’re separating material out on a traditional screen,” he adds. “Part of it goes to the sand plant. We also might be removing lignite, organics [or] whatever might be in there. We’re recycling water in the thickener. We also then have the filter press to help recycle water.”

Ultimately, Krause sees C&D recycling in the U.S. as supplementing aggregate processing – not replacing it.

“If you look at Europe where everything is kind of smaller – plants are smaller, sites are smaller – I’d see that (recycling) as a necessity there, and it’s probably going to replace,” he says. “But here, I think it’s more [supplemental] because of the scale of what we do. But, again, regulations might change that.

“If you get mix design to where you can actually take the fines out of this and put it into a highway job out here, that’d be one thing,” he adds. “It might be foundations, it might be driveways. [If] you get to where you’re building foundations for homes or roads from the material out of these recycle plants, it’ll drive it a lot faster.”

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Kevin Yanik is editor-in-chief of Pit & Quarry. He can be reached at 216-706-3724 or kyanik@northcoastmedia.net.

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