HOUSTON, TEXAS (April 5, 2013)— Cherry, the Houston-based demolition and recycling company, has been named C&D (Construction & Demolition) Recycler of the Year by the Construction Materials Recycling Association (CMRA) as the organization announces its 2013 Industry Award Honorees.
CMRA is a national trade organization that promotes the safe and economically feasible recycling of the more than 325 million tons of recoverable C&D materials generated in the U.S. annually. Its 2013 Industry Awards will be presented at the C&D World Conference in Tampa, Fla., later this month.
CMRA is honoring Cherry for its contributions to the recycling industry by significantly expanding its aggregate and steel recycling operations during the last 18 months to include the recycling of asphalt, residential composition shingles and tires. Cherry upped its aggregates recycling from one million tons to two million tons, its steel recycling from 40,000 tons to 50,000 tons and increased its revenues by 33 percent during that time period.
Cherry’s other major business accomplishments included the startup of three new areas of recycled products—asphalt, residential composition shingles and tires. Asphalt recycling now totals 59,000 tons, residential composition shingle recycling is 25,000 tons and tire recycling is 3,500 tons annually. In order to achieve these results, the company expanded operations at three recycling centers and five stabilized materials plants and opened two more recycling centers and one additional stabilized materials plant.
“It’s a great honor to be recognized by your peers for making advancements in the recycling of construction and demolition materials,” said Leonard Cherry, president of Cherry. “We’re committed to an environmental business approach because recycling concrete, asphalt, steel, shingles and tires is profitable. And, it’s simply the right thing to do as a socially responsible company.”
John Adelman, president of the Board of Directors, CMRA, added, “We applaud Cherry and the other individuals and businesses that have made a commitment to the recycling industry and their communities. Because of their commitment to the environment our country is able to move toward a more sustainable future.”