The leaders of the C&D recycling industry gathered in Brooklyn, NY – March 10-12 to hear an economic forecast for their industry, how to get and retain workers, and several materials specific sessions as part of C&D World 2019.
A highlight of the show was a discussion on diversification of a recycling business, presented by Katie and Tara Sheehan, Sheehan Group of Companies, England. Their company not only collects, processes and creates end products, especially in the recycled aggregate industry, but it then uses those materials to make construction products that are used in their own construction projects. Such green-based actions have proven very popular with their customers, they reported.
Economic forecaster Alex Chausovsky of ITR Economics presented a less than rosy outlook for the North American economy, expecting bumps later in 2019, with 2020 regaining the growth path. He also provided participants techniques to measure how their companies are doing versus the economy.
Almost all companies are looking for workers at all levels, and how to get and retain them was the subject of a panel discussion led by Jim Schug, FMI, and David Coe, Orion Talent. They shared techniques to overcome today’s labor challenges. A major issue facing all recycling facilities is fires, often caused by lithium-ion batteries. A panel composed of John Schumacher, Assurance Agency, Ryan Fogelman, Fire Rover, and Jim Emerson, Starrtech, went over techniques to reduce fires, and how reducing risks will reduce insurance costs.
C&D World 2019 also featured presentations on the market status of several materials, including asphalt shingles, recycled concrete, biochar, gypsum, and urban glass. There also was a sold-out exhibit hall that showcased the latest offerings for the C&D industry.
Tours were a part of the C&D World again. Cooper Recycling opened up its fabulous new mixed C&D plant to show attendees, while Sims Recycling is a curbside MRF that is considered state of the art in that sector.
C&D World 2020 will be held March 11 in Las Vegas, as part of the huge ConExpo-Con/Agg show. Attendees to C&D World will automatically get badges that will provide them access to the big ConExpo-Con/Agg equipment exhibition. For more information, contact the CDRA at firstname.lastname@example.org; 866-758-4721.