What We Take
Did you know that a majority of the material that people normally throw away can be recycled?
Let United Recycling help! With our full-service container and sorting facility we have a solution to fit every need, and our services are always cheaper than the city or county dump. Here are a few examples of the materials we process:
Construction and Demolition Debris
Construction and demolition (C&D) debris is nonhazardous, uncontaminated material resulting from construction, remodeling, repair, or demolition of utilities, structures and roads. These materials include the following:
- Bricks, concrete, and other masonry materials
- Soil (mixed with other C&D debris)
- Wood, including nonhazardous painted, and coated wood and wood products
- Wall coverings
- Plumbing fixtures
- Non-asbestos insulation
- Roofing shingles and other roof coverings
- Reclaimed asphalt pavement
- Electrical wiring and components that do not contain hazardous substances
- Metal materials incidental to any of the materials above
There are plenty of nonhazardous industrial materials that can be easily recycled. Each material may be recycled in a variety of diverse applications while still maintaining many of the same chemical and physical properties as the virgin materials they replace. For example, the use of coal fly ash can enhance the strength and durability of concrete. Putting these commodities into productive use saves resources and energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and contributes to a sustainable future.
Some of the industrial materials we can handle are listed below.
- Coal ash
- Foundry sand
Wood is the only 100 percent renewable, recyclable, reusable and biodegradable resource. Properly deconstructed wood products can be remade into hundreds of other products, from adhesives to car components, methanol, paper, and pet litter.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, approximately 17% of total material received at municipal solid waste landfills is wood.
- Construction framing
- Cardboard boxes
- Old lumber
- Discarded pallets
- Musical instruments
Recycling brush is a great way to reduce the amount of tree debris filling our landfills each year, a valuable reusable resource. Much of the organic material can be reused to make compost, fertilizer, and even some of the same materials used in wood recycling.
- Tree trimmings (branches, limbs, and other parts of shrubs and trees
- Fill dirt
- Landscape debris
- Tree stumps
Concrete, Asphalt, and Bricks
Concrete was once routinely trucked into landfills for disposal, but United Recycling can recycle this material in a way to keep construction costs down. Concrete aggregate can be crushed and filtered to make usable gravel for new construction projects, erosion control and retaining walls, landscaping stone, or it can even be used to make new roads.
Below are some examples of concrete items that we can recycle
- Cinder blocks
- Torn-up driveways / patios
- Gardening bricks / retaining walls
- Demolished brick walls
- Clay pottery
- Gravel and rubble
Although steel and aluminum are two of the most recycled waste products in the U.S., it is estimated that the percentage of recycling of these products has decreased almost 20% in the past twenty years.
Here are some examples of the metal materials that we can recycle:
- Copper piping
- Auto parts
- Tin cans
- Bridge parts
- Torn-down buildings
People generally think of small cardboard boxes when they think of packaging (referred to as Primary packaging), but there are many other types used to group and ship large quantities and larger items.
- Primary packaging (cardboard boxes, styrofoam)
- Secondary packaging (larger cases and boxes)
- Plastic wrapping
- Wooden pallets
- Wooden boxes and containers
- Packaging materials (paper, foam peanuts, plastic, glass, steel and aluminum)
Plastics are lightweight and strong, which is why modern society uses plastic to package just about every consumer product, and fabricate durable parts for industry. Although there is a strong plastic recycling effort in the U.S., plastic still ends up in landfills. Here are some other sources of plastic that we can recycle.
- Plastic wrapping
- Plastic pellets
- Plastic tools
- Playground equipment
You may have questions about materials that do not appear on this page, such as how to manage asbestos, or deal with contaminated soil. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
United Recycling cannot transport or process the items listed below.
- Household garbage
- Treated wood (deck supports, telephone poles)
- Railroad ties
- Printed circuit boards (PCBs)
- Asbestos materials
- Monitors and televisions (TVs)