Construction & Demolition Recycling

We provide comprehensive removal, transportation, recycling, and disposal of construction waste -- Everything from standard materials (carpeting, wood, and metals) to hard-to-move waste (friable and non-friable asbestos, contaminated soils, fluorescent lights, and creosoted lumber).

On construction and demolition jobs, a contractor’s largest expense is often the removal of debris. We can help you minimize costs and submit more competitive bids by determining the best options.

We understand the nuances of each job, and will perform an on-site visit to make sure your waste is hauled with the right trucks. (Our lineup includes tri-axle trailers; dump trucks; enclosed trailers; 30/40-yard rolloff trailers; 20/30/40 yard containers; and 100-yard dump trailers, tipper trailers, and walking floor trailers.) Portable scales ensure maximum payloads and no overweight trucks.

Best of all, your debris will be removed on time. Since we have access to a large number (and wide variety) of trucks, drivers, and scales, we can be more responsive. In most cases, we can have a truck on-site within 24 hours of receiving your call.

Our recycling expertise is especially helpful when it comes to keeping costs down and staying competitive on sustainable projects. Recently, one of our clients was able to recycle 80% of the materials on an interior demolition project, and much of it was reused on-site. Wood was composted and reused as mulch for exterior landscaping; carpeting was recycled and manufactured into new carpeting; cardboard and paper were recycled and mulched.

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Friable & Non-Friable Asbestos

Abatement and removal of friable and non-friable asbestos should only be performed by a licensed professional. Many buildings contain this hazardous material, which poses a dangerous challenge for many construction and demolition projects.

Asbestos requires special handling, transportation, and disposal. Government agencies regulate the removal of this material, and we can provide tracking that ensures total compliance and documentation.

Wondering about the difference between friable asbestos and non-friable asbestos? The University of Toronto offers a helpful summary:

“Asbestos-containing materials are categorized as friable or non-friable in order to show how easily they may release asbestos fibers when disturbed.

“A material that is friable is one which can be crumbled, pulverized or powdered by hand pressure. If a friable asbestos-containing material is damaged or disturbed, it presents an inhalation risk because asbestos fibers are more easily released into the air. Examples of friable materials include sprayed fireproofing on structural steelwork, or thermal insulation on pipes.

“A non-friable asbestos product is one in which the asbestos fibers are bound or locked into the product matrix, so that the fibers are not readily released. Such a product would present a risk for fiber release only when it is subject to significant abrasion through activities such as sanding or cutting with electric power tools. Examples of non-friable asbestos products include vinyl asbestos floor tiles, acoustic ceiling tiles, and asbestos cement products. Examples of non-friable asbestos products include vinyl asbestos [VAT] tiles, acoustic ceiling tiles, and asbestos cement products.”

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LEED Recycling & Management Services

When establishing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, the U.S. Green Building Council identified key areas for measurement. We focus on helping our clients meet requirements in the Materials and Resources section:

"During both the construction and operations phases, buildings generate a lot of waste and use large quantities of materials and resources. The Materials & Resources category encourages the selection of sustainably grown, harvested, produced and transported products and materials. It promotes waste reduction as well as reuse and recycling, and it particularly rewards the reduction of waste at a product’s source."

We provide LEED-based waste audits to help you identify opportunities for recycling, reuse, and cost savings. We can also document your sustainability efforts with detailed tracking and reports.

Are you ready for LEED v4 (formerly LEED 2012)? Future changes to LEED standards are currently under review. Learn more on our Resources page.

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Marketing & Operations Planning for
the Waste Industry

Decades of experience and strong partnerships within the solid waste industry give us unique insight when it comes to processes and planning.

For transfer stations, recycling facilities, hauling operations, and landfills, we can provide:

  • Marketing and operations plans
  • Logistic planning for economic disposal of waste
  • Permitting and operation plans

For municipalities:

  • Marketing and operations plans
  • Volume enhancement for existing and new facilities

Are you thinking of establishing a LEED facility? Do you need to revamp and optimize your operations to save time and money? Contact us for a consultation.

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Special Waste Recycling & Disposal

We offer a number of recycling options for construction and demolition projects, and also provide proper disposal of hard-to-move material, including:

  • Contaminated soils
  • Fluorescent lights
  • Creosoted lumber
  • Friable & non-friable asbestos

We understand the nuances and regulations involved when dealing with special waste. Your debris is always handled properly and transported to a permitted and legal disposal site.

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Waste Assessment & Optimization for
Government & Institutions

Hospitals, universities, manufacturers, hotels, apartment complexes, stadiums, restaurants, and large institutions can benefit from AMA’s experience. Have you considered any of the following options?

  • Recycling food waste into compost
  • Increasing participation through single stream recycling
  • Selecting the optimum size and service schedule for compactors and containers
  • Improving waste flow management

We're happy to provide a free waste assessment. We'll identify opportunities to reduce waste and save money by helping you to increase recycling and implement an action plan.

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