Our Recycling Partner Veit

Here at Veit, this is our main transfer station in Minneapolis, and basically the roll off boxes come in here. They get dumped out, they get sorted, we pull out the different types of commodities that we can recycle like cardboard, paper, concrete, metal, all types of wood. We’re doing some vinyl siding recycling and we’re also separating out our shingles. Custom Remodelers loads will consist mostly of a lot of vinyl siding. They do shingles. Their windows; the old windows that they tear out a lot of times are the old aluminum frame windows, which we will extract the aluminum and recycle that. When they get into a job where they have an excessive amount of aluminum siding, they will actually supply a dumpster directly on the site, and haul that directly to the recycler. Most of the materials that we do, are getting recycled, not so much reused. Our wood is all being grounded, and for the most part being reused for multch or for biomass fuel. Concrete obviously gets ground-up and reused back in a sub-base dirt form. Metal; all the metal goes to our metal recycler where it gets melted down and reused into metal. Our facility here at Como, right now we average right around seventy-two percent recycle rate. If it’s shingles, it’s upwards to ninety to ninety-five percent. If it’s a straight remodel, we extract a lot of wood. You know I would say that Custom Remodelers loads can easily be in that seventy percent range as an average. We’re seeing more and more products that are trying to be recycled. I named a while ago, you know the main four are always concrete, metal, wood, and any type of paper product. Now we’re recycling some carpet. There is some dry-wall recycling opportunities out there. There is a new, plastic recycling operation in town. You know, vinyl siding I made reference to is trying to get up and running. So there I’ve just named four more commodities, where ten years ago you wouldn’t have even thought about doing anything but land-filling all of that material. Some of this stuff actually costs more money to recycle than it does to land-fill. But the driving forces, people want to see stuff being recycled, and not filling up land-fills and air space. And you know, in my eyes, it’s the right thing to do.