Increasingly stringent rules and regulations on construction and demolition waste, diminishing landfill space and depletion of natural resources are all reasons for the push for C&D waste recovery. Salvaging materials for reuse can be both an economical and environmentally sound alternate to waste stream disposal. Diverted from the landfill, building materials such as old wood and bricks, cardboard or paper, as well as scrap metal have value. In addition, recycling C&D waste can help builders and developers to meet certain goals associated with Green Building directives under the USGBC LEED program. In addition to salvaging used equipment, DHG can salvage building materials for reuse. Today’s market is strong for heart pine boards and beams, which can be reused for building materials or cut and used for furniture manufacturing. Baled cardboard or paper is purchased by a paper mill to be used in place of pulp. Recycling or salvaging demo debris not only diverts materials from the landfill, but it also saves energy and environmental impacts of producing new products from virgin materials.
As a scrap metal recycler, DHG handles products such as iron and steel, nonferrous metals such as copper and aluminum, and precious metals such as platinum, nickel and many other alloys.
DHG has continued to grow in the scrap industry over the years. The company’s scrap yard in Greensboro, together with other affiliated scrap yards in NC and TN, combined with scrap recycling from demolition projects produce a combined 50,000 tons of recycled ferrous steel a month. Including other scrap yards and brokers throughout the southeast, the DHG scrap network is second to none.
DHG is a member of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), a national trade association for scrap processors and recyclers. DHG is also a member of the US Green Building Council, which promotes the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program — encouraging recycling or salvage of demolition and construction debris.