New York City Demolition Waste
New York City generates over 14 tons of waste, and construction and demolition (C&D) waste accounts for more than 60%. C&D waste is defined as uncontaminated solid waste. C&D abatement operations are regulated by the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), and the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Depending on the nature of a demolition project, permits must be issued by one or any combination of the three agencies.
Though New York City strictly enforces disposition of construction and demolition debris, it encourages but does not require recycling of C&D waste. R. Baker & Son is wholly committed to reuse and recycling of demolition debris to ease environmental impact, conserve natural resources, and save energy. Demolition waste materials that are currently recycled include asphalt, brick, corrugated cardboard, carpet, concrete, drywall, film plastic, fluorescent lamps, glass, land clearing debris, metal, pallets, roofing, and wood. Renovation, demolition and dismantling projects may also yield salvageable materials that can be reused, such as appliances, architectural features, circuit breakers, office furniture, windows and doors, and wood timbers. Certain solid waste cannot be categorized as construction and demolition debris. This can include asbestos, fluorescent lights, carpeting, etc.
Currently, there are eighty regulated construction and demolition waste processing facilities in New York State, and 280 registered C&D waste processing facilities. Registered facilities process wood, concrete, masonry, steel, asphalt, brick, soil, and rock that are uncontaminated. In 2010 these facilities processed 11.5 million tons of construction and demolition debris and recovered about 6.3 million tons of material.
As part of our commitment to divert construction and demolition debris from landfills and incineration facilities, R. Baker & Son is 100% LEED compliant and ensures that clients receive all LEED rating points (up to 14 points) available in our portion of a project. Recycling and/or salvage of C&D debris can earn 1-2 LEED points. Diversion of 50% of demolition waste is worth 1 point, and 75% earns 2 points. Non-LEED projects may also qualify for LEED points if construction and demolition debris is appropriately recycled or salvaged.
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R. Baker & Son maintains an award winning team of in-house full time safety and project managers, all of whom have a minimum of 20 years industry experience. Project managers, foremen and field personnel are 40 to 60-hours OSHA and Hazmat trained and certified. Additional training and certifications include but are not limited to; aerial lift, fork lift, crane, heavy equipment, confined space entry, respiratory protection, emergency response, first aid and CPR. R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services has been directly involved in four OSHA VPP Star projects (the highest of three VPP levels a participant can achieve), more than almost every other contractor in our industry. It is an accomplishment that we worked hard for, and of which we are extremely proud.
R. Baker & Son's commitment to maintaining safe projects is unequaled in our industry, placing the safety of our employees and clients as our top priority. All personnel, from top management through field staff, are thoroughly and continuously trained in safety procedures. As a result, R. Baker & Son's safety performance continually exceeds government regulations and industry averages. R. Baker & Son All Industrial Services has been directly involved in four OSHA VPP Star projects (the highest of three VPP levels a participant can achieve), more than almost every other contractor in our industry. It is an accomplishment that we worked hard for, and of which we are extremely proud.