Recycling is an evolving concept in Austin. As the city and Travis County move forward to achieve Zero Waste by 2040, more materials will need to be recycled to meet this goal. AYD offers recycling collection and hauling for construction and demolition jobs. We’ve recently partnered with several local landscaping businesses and excavation companies to begin hauling and recycling organic waste.
Organic waste includes everything that’s trimmed, tugged or removed during routine landscape maintenance like small trees, scrub brush, leaves and grass clippings, as well as the larger trees that have to be removed from a plot of land before construction can begin. The suburbs of Austin are full of oak and cedar trees which can be recycled into mulch, wood chips or even fertilizer. Smaller materials can be recycled into compost, fertilizer or mulch, or even taken to a landfill where it will help break down other materials that have been tossed away.
Landscaping companies often collect trimmings and waste throughout the day and haul it in a trailer back to their main location or yard. We’ve installed 40-yard dumpsters to collect this waste which we then haul to recycling centers that can process even the most massive of trees into mulch or chips.
All kinds of wood can be recycled. We’re capable of collecting and hauling discarded or odd cuts of lumber, trimmings and scrap wood, and even the leftovers from cabinetry building. Though wood is naturally biodegradable, the conditions of a landfill increase the time it takes wood to decompose. A standard, unpainted hardwood chair can take 13 years to fully degrade! It’s also typically more expensive for businesses to dispose of waste in landfills, so recycling is as good for your budget and it is for the environment.
We are LEED certified, so we’re able to work with green builders in Austin to recycle all C&D materials. We are committed to Austin’s recycling ordinance and participate in the Texas Environmental Quality Initiatives Program.
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