WasteDive NYC Council introduces bill to promote concrete recycling by Nicole Wrona

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NYC Council introduces bill to promote concrete recycling
Nicole Wrona
03/30/2015

Dive Brief:

  • New York City Council is introducing a bill to mandate incorporating recycled concrete into every new city street construction project.
  • The proposed legislation would require at least 30% of the concrete to be derived from demolished structures and roads.
  • The city could waive the usage requirement if enough construction and demolition waste isn’t available for a specific project.

Dive Insight:

The bill is being introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos (D- Manhattan). He said the purpose of the legislation is to reduce carbon emissions stemming from the production of concrete. 

Asphalt recycling is gaining momentum as a budget-savvy alternative to landfilling the waste. The process of re-using the material is called full-depth reclamation, and is often used at construction sites. The debris is crushed and used as a base for streets and parking lots. The conglomerate is estimated to last two years longer than projects that don’t incorporate the reclamation process. 

Issue: 
Environment