Presentation on theme: "Construction and Demolition Debris Summit on January 25, 2008"— Presentation transcript:
1 Construction and Demolition Debris Summit on January 25, 2008 “The route to Zero Waste”About Gypsum Recycling InternationalMass. operations updateMarket outlook and barriers for expansion
2 About Gypsum Recycling International A/S Worldwide the leading recycler of gypsum-/wallboard waste collected in the marketThe preferred partner for recycled gypsum materials for the wallboard industry worldwideActive in 10 countries on 3 continents100% growth p.a. the last 5 years; the 10’th fastest growing company in Denmark during the last 4 yearsRecycling units in Europe, North America and AsiaOnly focussed on gypsum/wallboard wasteWinner of “Cleantech Award” sponsored by the Danish Venture Fund and by an internal panel of judges evaluated to be:“the most promising Danish Cleantech company”“Environmental Gazelle of 2007”, according to Borsen the leading Danish newspaper
3 About Gypsum Recycling International A/S UK2005 – USA2006 – BelgiumJapanSwitzerland2001 – Denmark2003 – Sweden2003 – Norway2004 – HollandIrelandIn total 10 countries – on 3 continents = far more than anybody else
5 About GRI: This is how the system works The waste does not have to be “clinically clean” – up to 2% contaminationNew construction wasteDemolition and renovation waste (normally accepted)Acceptable: Gypsum waste based on FGD/DSG or natural gypsum raw materials- Virgin gypsum board cut-offs- Gypsum board underlayers/dunnage- Gypsum blocks- Complete boards or broken parts- Gypsum ceilings, floors, walls, stucco etc.- The gypsum waste may contain nails and screws- Wallpaper, glass tissue and other wall coverings on the gypsum boardsNon-acceptable:- Plastics, foils and insulation materials (glass wool/stone wool/Rockwool)- Steel rails and bars- Wood- Anhydrite- Other impurities
6 About GRI: The route to Zero Waste Worldwide 10 million tons of wallboard wasteare presently landfilled causingenvironmental and political difficultiesThese 10 million tons might as well be usedin an beneficial manner instead of wasted !Recycling is the only solution that keeps the waste out of the landfills and preserve natural resources at the same time – Zero WasteRecycling will limit the amount of greenhouse gasses created (landfills are among the most important contributors to global warming)All mega-trends are with recycling – and against landfilling The landfill alternative is in trouble on a worldwide scale !!We send nothing to landfill in our operations; all materials received are reused one way or the other; recycled gypsum for wallboard production, paper for composting and metals for recycling – Zero Waste
7 About GRI: In cooperation with the best GRI serves all the top wallboard manufacturers in the world.In the US we are proud to cooperate with the two biggest manufacturers, for the supply of recycled gypsum.In New England we deliver toUSG: CharlestownNational: Portsmouth, NHUS GypsumNational Gypsum
8 Update on Mass. operations = Gypsum Recycling America Started visiting Mass in 2004In 2004/05 contracts with the US manufacturers were madeEnd of 2005 Boston warehouse was established and permitted; Fawcett Street 135, Cambridge;5-8 miles to Boston downtownclose to interstate highway systemSlowly opened for business end of 2006Machine finally delivered summer of 2007Full speed ahead since end of 2007Organizational set up:John Fitzgerald, Regional ManagerPatrick Manning, Sales manager
9 Update on Mass. operations – offer to customers Enviromental friendly recycling of their materials – Zero wastedCheaper than landfill disposalCollection service – 30 cubic yards containers with top lids to keep materials dryFixed price per dumpster (app. 500$ per conntainer). This is an ”all in price”; no fuel, environment or other fees added on top, and there is no limit on the tonnage.Gate delivery to our warehouse also possible at 14 $ per cubic yard.Customers include:General contractors, construction companies, pre-fab housing manufacturers and drywall hangersTransfer stations, recyclers/processors, waste haulers, waste management companies, landfills and potentially municipalitiesBoth from Mass. and from other states !
10 Market outlook and barriers for expansion in Mass. Generally good receptionIncreasing interestLEEDCustomers outside Mass.Despite lack of recycling cul-ture, the quality of the received waste is generally goodNext: more warehouses in Mass (Springfield and Worcester) and opening of warehouses outside Mass.Barriers for expansionOnly new construction waste initially allowed (only GRI site with this limitation)Limited support from regulations/policies; => high reliance on market mechanismsNo required source segregationNo special regulations on how to handle gypsum waste in landfillsNo landfill taxLimited municipal recycling centers infrastructureNo ban on out of state export of wasteNo requirements for recycling of waste or use of recycled materials when public authorities are awarding contractsLimited initiatives to limit global warming / the creation of greenhouse gasses in landfills by making landfilling more and more unattractive. Landfills are responsible for 7% of the greenhouse gasses created in the US !!
11 Thank you for your attention Henrik Lund-Nielsen