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May 22, 2001


Mazzocchi Wrecking, East Hanover, N.J., has signed a $20 million contract with Worth Construction for the demolition of several ConEdison structures in New York City. The work was scheduled to begin in March and continue into 2003.

The company plans to send debris generated from the jobs to its new mixed C&D recycling facility. “The timing of this contract could not be better for us. We opened American Fuel Harvesters East, a C&D recycling center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey,” says Nick Mazzocchi, vice president of Mazzocchi Wrecking and president of American Fuel Harvesters East.

“Our permit will allow us to recycle 2,000 tons of commingled C&D debris.” Mazzocchi says the new plant has “the only ‘RD&D’ permit issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.”

The deal will also keep Mazzocchi demolition crews busy for some time to come.

“This contract, which has been in negotiation for over one year, brings Mazzocchi Wrecking’s backlog for demolition and asbestos removal to approximately $33 million,” says Grace Mazzocchi, president of Mazzocchi Wrecking.

Mazzocchi Wrecking is licensed for asbestos removal and demolition in four Eastern states, and holds an A901 hauler’s license.

The RD&D permit will allow the New Jersey DEP to observe the workings of the American Fuel Harvesters plant for a five-year period.

“It’s a 2,000-tons-per-day facility, only accepting building demolition,” Mazzocchi says. Haulers bringing material will have to show their demolition permits, helping assure that no asbestos or other unwelcome materials are included.

Mazzocchi says concrete, asphalt, brick and block materials will be processed to an eight-inch minus size and used at an area landfill site that is being covered and then converted into a golf course. The aggregate material will be placed over the landfill, along with a layer of clay, before topsoil is added and grass is planted.

Wood chips produced at the American Fuel Harvesters site will be sold into one of several end markets, including as boiler fuel and fuel pellets, as a sludge-bulking agent, or into pressed wood products.

Incoming scrap metals and recoverable paper will be recycled as well. “Anything we can recycle-rugs, tires-we’ll do so,” says Mazzocchi.

The American Fuel Harvesters mixed C&D facility is set up on its site for a five-year lease.

“We’re hoping that after the five-year lease, either the Hackensack-Meadowlands Development Commission will need us [on the same site] for longer, or they will move us to another location,” says Mazzocchi.

Ohio Event Draws Interested Audience

Deconstruction, recycling and reuse were a few of the topics discussed at the Construction and Demolition Statewide Environmental Workshop earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio. About 165 people attended the event, sponsored by the Association of Ohio Recyclers, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Speakers at the event included Robert Brickner of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton; Michael Taylor of the National Association of Demolition Contractors (NADC) and Dave Neun of the National Association of Home Builders.

Kirk Schuring of the Ohio House of Representatives spoke of legislation he is working on concerning C&D recycling and took questions from the audience. He said he was interested in learning from those in the industry what can be done and what needs to be done to further C&D recycling.

Diane Shew of the Association of Ohio Recyclers said she was happy with the turnout for the event and thought it was received well. “For content of the program I saw nothing but very positive comments,” she said. “I know that in just glancing at the evaluations, it seems the panel discussion was most popular.”

The panel discussion featured four speakers from different areas in the C&D industry, including Dave Loewendick, S.G. Loewendick & Sons; Kit Cooper, Construction & Demolition Association of Ohio; Drew Lammers, King Wrecking; and Dan Harris, Ohio E.P.A.

Taylor spoke of managing waste streams and of issues concerning construction and demolition recycling, such as transportation and the current state of the markets.

A presentation on a renovation project at Denison University interested many attendees and was well received as well, Shew said.

“I was really pleased with the committee’s choice of speakers,” Shew said. “I was extremely pleased with the mix of people there. A very clear-cut good representation of all of the different types and different facets.”


A technical advisory group studying the issue of CCA (chromated copper arsenate) treated wood will meet in Florida in early July.

The group will meet in the Sarasota area on Monday, July 9 to discuss research and progress on the handling of CCA-treated wood. The group will also tour a facility that conducts online sorting to remove CCA-treated wood from its stream.

The potential regulation of the disposal of CCA-treated wood is becoming a consideration for recyclers. (See “Arsenic & Old Wood,” C&D Recycler, January/February 2001, pg. 20.)

Those interested in attending the July meeting can contact Helena Solo-Gabriele at the University of Miami, (305) 284-3489. Solo-Gabriele co-authored the article that appeared in the January/February C&D Recycler.

Honeywell Carpet Efforts Awarded

The Infinity nylon carpet renewal process created by Honeywell International Inc., Morristown, N.J., has been named the first runner up for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) “Technology of the Year” award.

The award was presented in a ceremony in late February at the OIT’s Expo, held at the Washington Hilton and Towers Exhibition Hall in Washington, D.C.

OIT’s “Technology of the Year” award recognizes manufacturing processes that provide exceptional commercialization potential and significant potential for energy efficiency improvement as well as economic and environmental benefits. This is the second recent award for Honeywell’s nylon carpet renewal efforts.

Evergreen Nylon Recycling, Augusta, Ga., the Honeywell joint venture that converts discarded nylon 6 into virgin-quality material, was named “Recycler of the Year” in December 2000 by the Society of Plastics Engineers, Brookfield, Conn.

The Evergreen Nylon Recycling joint venture developed and patented the process that converts post-consumer nylon 6 carpet and other nylon 6 wastes into caprolactam, the raw material used to make nylon 6. Type 6 nylon is used in such applications as residential, commercial and automotive carpet, engineering plastics, automotive parts, sporting goods, films and packaging.

Evergreen’s $100 million facility, which began operation in late 1999, can produce up to 100 million pounds of caprolactam each year while keeping up to 200 million pounds of nylon 6 waste out of U.S. landfills each year.

The Evergreen system allows Honeywell to produce its Infinity Forever Renewable Nylon, which is both recycled and renewable, creating a closed-loop recycling process.

“The judges were extremely impressed with Evergreen’s level of commitment to energy efficiency improvement,” said Denise Swink, deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies. “By developing this highly useful closed-loop process technology, Evergreen is saving approximately 700,000 barrels of oil that would have been necessary to manufacture caprolactam from petroleum feedstock. That is equal to the amount of energy consumed by 40,000 homes in one year. This revolutionary process is a model for energy efficiency.”