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Quality vs Quantity

Posted on May 26, 2020

How often is it we hear the phrase “Quality versus Quantity”?  It sometimes elicits a sense of conflict as if to suggest the two are mutually exclusive.  In the current landscape of rules and regulations for C&D recovery, C&D facilities are being pressed to achieve higher quantities of recovered materials while at the same time …Read More

How Many Versions of LEED? C&D Interpreted

Posted on December 11, 2019

This Latest News post comes to you from the “Turn Back Time” department. The Recycling Certification Institute (RCI) remains engaged on numerous issues directly and indirectly related to third-party certification.  One of the key issues for 2019 has been the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) updates to LEED.  A prior version of LEED (v4) …Read More

CDRA 2019 Annual Awards Presented at C&D World in Brooklyn, NY

Posted on April 23, 2019

RCI is pleased to share with you the list of CDRA awardees as announced March 11th at 2019 C&D World in Brooklyn, New York.  Congratulations to all the awardees on their achievements in advancing the C&D recycling industry.   It comes as no surprise that at least half of the awardees are operators of RCI Certified …Read More

RCI’s Certification Process Featured in Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine

Posted on August 9, 2017

Today’s post is a two-fer… Part One:  Kristin Smith, editor of Construction & Demolition Recycling magazine, posed the question, “How does a facility become certified by the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI)?”  While every facility is different, the CORR Protocol follows a basic set of compulsory elements while being flexible enough to accommodate a variety of business …Read More

City of Hayward (CA) Updates its C&D Ordinance and Specifies Third-Party Certification

Posted on June 22, 2017

The City of Hayward is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, a hotbed of C&D programs, ordinances, and recycling operations.  Upping the ante, the City of Hayward recently amended their C&D ordinance to expand the recycling requirement to include more projects and also require increased diversion.  California state law has required cities and counties …Read More

Recycling Certification Goes to Quebec

Posted on April 26, 2017

Earlier this year I had the opportunity to travel to Quebec, Canada as an invited speaker at 3R MCDQ’s Annual Conference.  3R MCDQ represents Quebec’s C&D industry much as CDRA does in the US.  As industry associations go, it should come as no surprise their issues are quite similar to ours.  They are focused on: …Read More

US EPA Sustainable Materials Management Strategic Plan Includes C&D

Posted on August 18, 2016

One of the more interesting—and important–developments for the Construction & Demolition industry is its inclusion in the US EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Strategic Plan (link to the plan at the bottom). Four objectives identified in the plan are: Decrease the disposal rate, which includes source reduction, reuse, recycling and prevention; Reduce the environmental impacts of …Read More

Austin TX Includes Construction & Demolition Recycling in its Zero Waste Goal

Posted on March 21, 2016

The City of Austin continues to advance a variety of initiatives toward its Zero Waste Goal.  Included in this ambitious goal is the recovery and recycling of Construction & Demolition (C&D) materials.  Late last year the Austin City Council approved the Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance and Administrative Rules to increase reuse and recycling of materials …Read More

Recycling Certification Hits the Empire State

Posted on October 7, 2015

This is a re-post of an article that ran in C&D World. Recycling Certification Hits the Empire State Published: Tuesday, 06 October 2015 16:57,  Written by Ray Kvedaras Cooper Tank Recycling of Brooklyn, N.Y., has joined the nationwide list of certified C&D recycling facilities. Cooper is honored to be the first recycling facility in the state of New …Read More

New Certified Facilities Added

Posted on September 25, 2015

We are pleased to announce the addition of two more Certified Mixed C&D Facilities!