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PALM CITY -- Prior to 2009, the Martin County landfill had never operated a construction and demolition recycling facility. Just four years later, the county can proudly announce that of all the construction and demolition material dropped off at the Palm City C&D Recycling Facility in March, 86 percent was diverted for recycling or reuse. This is in thanks to the partnership between Martin County Solid Waste and their subcontractor, R3 Recycling.
R3 Recycling was selected in 2009 as Martin County's first subcontractor for the handling and recycling of construction and demolition debris. In order to divert reusable products from being disposed of in landfills, R3 Recycling sorts through materials such as cardboard, plastics, concrete, wood and carpet, and other recyclables, handling approximately 35,000 tons of construction and demolition debris annually.
On average, the company consistently diverts more than 75 percent of this local waste, which extends the lifecycle of products that are dropped off at the transfer station and lowers the cost of waste management resources.
"The challenge given to us by the county was to recycle a minimum of 50 percent," said Jeff D'Adamo, vice president of R3 Recycling. "We're proud of the fact that we've been able to successfully surpass that diversion rate and were able to do so well ahead of schedule."
In just a few years since becoming fully operational at the Palm City landfill, R3 Recycling has not only met and exceeded Martin County's recycling goal, but has consistently been at or above the state's goal of achieving a 75 percent diversion rate by the year 2020 -- seven years in advance of the target deadline.
"As our first subcontractor, R3 has exceeded our recycling diversion rate expectations. R3 is doing its part to help Martin County attain the state's 2020 legislative goal for 75 percent diversion," said Pat Yancey, Martin County's Solid Waste Administrator. "Their facility is helping Martin County maintain its reputation as an environmental community and be among the first counties in the state to achieve this recycling goal."
Mr. D'Adamo attributed the sustained increase in the first quarter of this year to improved processing techniques and finding new outlets for reusable materials. He also noted that the installation of a new, 70-foot picking station feed system in August of 2012 improved their accuracy and efficiency, cutting the time needed through manual sorting by the company's 22-person staff in half.
"For us, our ultimate goal is to help this community achieve 100 percent waste diversion," Mr. D'Adamo said. "Recycling, in its many forms, is an essential part of creating a healthy, sustainable Martin County."
R3 is a subcontractor for Martin County, meaning that all purchases and investments made by R3 Recycling for their recycling and sorting systems are paid for by R3, not the County.
For more information, visit www.R3Recycling.com.