Almond & Son’s Asphalt, based in Richland, Wash., found a way to save $1 million in difficult economic times.
The company is recycling its own asphalt into new material and is now looking to recycle other businesses’ asphalt with its new 1.5-acre facility located next to the Richland Landfill.
Almond recycles the asphalt by heating it to temperatures exceeding 250 degrees, creating a liquid form that can either be used by the company or sold to other businesses.
Prior to its new facility, Almond was paying a separate company to recycle the waste material and then buying it back, which cost about $1 million in 2008.
“There’s an opportunity to take that material, not put it in a landfill, but to send it to some of these other businesses at the same time,” Kip Eagles, solid waste manager for the City, told The Tacoma News-Tribune.
Almond is just one of the businesses that will occupy 50 acres of land surrounding the landfill, also called the “Eco Park.” The City is currently in talks with a wood recycling company to build a facility in the area as well, according to The Tacoma News-Tribune.
The EPA estimates that the U.S. produces 170 million tons of construction and demolition (C&D) debris each year. This is equivalent to 30 percent of our overall waste, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
C&D debris not only includes building materials such as asphalt, steel beams and windows, but also potentially products that require special disposal processes, such as paint and smoke detectors.