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Nationwide Foam, Inc. Management of the demolition waste stream is an important environmental issue. With over 3 billion square feet of commercial re-roofing each year, the resulting tear-off materials represent an area of special concern. In order to address this concern, roofing system manufacturers and industry associations have worked with roofing contractors to demonstrate the feasibility of reclamation. In addition, private sector entrepreneurs have begun to invest in the necessary collection and processing systems to make this option available to many roofers on a regional basis. However, the recycling service is not yet fully being utilized throughout the continent. Finding a home for the volume of roofing system components that are removed is the fundamental challenge. As more end-markets for roofing debris form, the economics of handling and collection will improve dramatically. This in turn will allow recycling companies to offer roofing material recycling services that compliment a project’s schedule and budget – two necessary elements of a truly robust program. Material is geared towards commercial contractors.
1. Determine what can be recycled today
2. Prepare the job site for recycling
3. Determine the economic vs. disposal impact
4. Learn the IGCC code and LEED compliance
Speaker: Richard Garrison, Vice President, Operations, Nationwide Foam, Inc.
Richard Garrison, Vice President, Nationwide Foam Recycling, has been in the recycling field for past 34 years. Mr. Garrison got started in the recycling field as a student truck driver for the Western Washington University campus recycling program. After graduating with a BS Degree in Environmental Policy, and a small stint in Washington DC working for a lobbying organization, Mr. Garrison joined Garden State Paper Company, the pioneer in the newsprint deinking industry, as a plant manager bringing in old newspaper to the mill for the production of 100% recycled fiber newsprint. In 1986, Mr. Garrison traveled to China with a delegation of waste management professionals to conduct technology transfer workshops. Mr. Garrison went on to work as a waste management planner for several leading consulting companies; planning municipal, regional and statewide recycling programs.