Recycling of Waste

First, let’s speak openly:

In order of importance, there are three aspects to recycling: REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE. It is much easier for a consumer (or business) to reduce consumption, or to reuse a product than it is for a collector / processor to recycle a product. But, assuming we are at the collection / recovery phase, we need to clarify a common misperception:

The goal is not to recycle. Rather, it is to create products that have value to an end user.

The collection and sorting of material is the easy part. The real challenge is developing stable end markets for recovered materials, and that involves collectors, the general public, industry and governments. Keep in mind that just because something can be recycled doesn’t mean it should be recycled. A degree of common sense must be kept. Recovery and recycling is a business, and as such it must show a measure of cost recovery for the expense of recycling. Moving material with machinery costs money in terms of fuel, labour and the capital cost of that machine. Processing machinery costs money, land costs money. And yes, we pay taxes too!

DumpRunner strives to deal with realistic initiatives that exhibit long run potential for stability. We don’t run around promoting ourselves as “green” just because we divert a load or two. Instead, we quietly keep our head down and do what we can where the business case justifies the efforts. Usually, that diversion initiative will involve capturing the material at the source through the use of designated cardboard bins, designated wood only bins, designated metal only bins etc.

Below, you’ll find information on materials that can be recovered through diversion initiatives.

Metal

The metal recycling industry is a primary example of a recovery businesses with a global market. Rather than compete with metal recyclers, DumpRunner acts as a supplier to select recycling partners.

One of the original initiatives DumpRunner undertook years ago was to recover aluminum, steel, tin and brass from our own loads. To that end we have developed processes that capture larger, metal items and divert them directly to a recycling facility partner. An ongoing project is developing processes to tackle smaller items like bolts, nuts, small household items, furniture pieces, chair legs etc. to improve our capture rates.

DumpRunner can provide multiple bins for projects where “sorting on site” is underway to divert metal, wood, card board etc from the general waste stream.


Concrete

Material can be any dry, cured concrete only with no garbage or wood mixed with load. Sourced primarily from sidewalks, driveways, floor or window foundation cutouts with minimal amounts of rebar.

There are two different types of bins that may be provided for you. Please ensure you understand the load heights and restrictions.

10 Yard Heavy Duty Rock Bin, 9000kg max
Load material up to a maximum of the sidewall height.

Type 2
12 Yard Standard Duty Bin, 5000kg max
Fill container ONLY to 18 inches from floor (this is 1/3 full to equal 4 yards)

  • Do not “mound” the material in the middle; load must be level throughout.
  • Never pour wet concrete into a bin.
  • Try not to “front” load the bins, as it puts a disproportionate amount of weight up near the hook, and makes lifting heavy bins difficult.
  • Keep load level for even weight distribution.
  • DO NOT drop concrete from high up or throw concrete against walls.
  • Preferred method of loading is by hand or wheelbarrow.
  • Container doors open to faciltate easy loading

Concrete is 100% recyclable. It gets crushed into various sizes and reused in a multitude of applications.

Rebar is separated and reused as scrap metal.


Clean Dirt, Clean Fill

To qualify for a clean fill rate, dirt must not be mixed with demolition rubble or garbage. Mixed loads are accepted but will be charged at the current construction debris tipping rates.

IMPORTANT: Grass Sod is not clean fill and does not qualify for the clean fill rate

There are two different types of bins that may be provided for you. Please ensure you understand the load heights and restrictions.

10 Yard Heavy Duty Rock Bin, 9000kg max
Load material up to a maximum of the sidewall height.

Type 2
12 Yard Standard Duty Bin, 5000kg maxFill container ONLY to 18 inches from floor (this is 1/3 full to equal 4 yards)

  • Keep load level and spread out evely for proper weight distribution.
  • Do not “stack” the load at the front or to one side
  • Wet loads or loads in winter should have plastic sheeting placed on floor to facilitate unloading and to prevent “stuck” loads.
  • Container door can open for easier loading.


Organic Yard Waste

Larger volumes of garbage free organic materials can now be recovered. Please note this DOES NOT include food waste.

Best suited for bigger projects or commercial business who generate material on a regular basis. Eligible material includes trees and branches, grass clippings, leaves, hay bales (with baling nets removed), straw etc.


Electronics and Computers

Computers, fax machines, printers, TVs, stereos, electrical equipment, and anything comprised of electronic components.

  • This project involves removing electronic items from our loads when and where feasible
  • We recommend all sensitive data is erased as electronics are brought to a central processing facility not controlled by DumpRunner
  • We recommend all sensitive data is erased as electronics are brought to a central processing facility not controlled by DumpRunner.

Electronics and computers can contain a large quantity of hazardous metals or solvents. By recycling, useful metals can be re-processed and reused, while keeping heavy metals and organobromides out of our environment


Brick

Any structural or decorative brick that has not been covered with paint, solvent, or an elastomeric coating

Same instructions as concrete.

As per concrete, brick gets crushed and reused.


Cardboard

DumpRunner is happy to divert loads of source separated cardboard. Examples of this type of diversion would be placing a 40 yard container on a construction site to collect carboard used in wrapping cabinets, appliances, lighting boxes etc.

If you are a manufacturing facility generating high volumes of cardboard, please call our office to discuss other options such as a compactor.

Because of the light weight and high volume of cardboard, we typically use a 40 yard container to maximize payload.

Source separated loads are taken to a partner recovery facility.


Asphalt Aggregate

Asphalt from sidewalks, roads, or driveways. An extremely versatile product.

Same instructions as concrete.

Asphalt is crushed and sorted into a product known as RAP (recycled asphalt pavement). Typically reused in road construction as part of the asphalt mix, or as it’s own top cover.


Asphalt Aggregate

Dimensional lumber that is untreated, unpainted, and has not contacted any chemicals. Prime examples would include (but are not limited to) pallets and wood used in construction framing.

  • Dimensional lumber (cut to size) that is untreated, unpainted, and has not contacted any chemicals. Prime examples would include (but are not limited to) pallets and wood used in construction framing.
  • Oriented strandboard (OSB), particle board IS acceptable as part of a load that has a majority of dimensional lumber.
  • MDF, laminated wood products, or any “processed” wood product containing glue/resin will NOT qualify for the reduced rate.
  • Wood must be dimensional lumber / OSB only, and contain no garbage, dirt, or rubble.
  • Branches, logs, and yard waste do not qualify for reduced rates.

Wood loads qualifying for recycling are taken to partner facilities for end use processing.

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