Reclaiming, Re-using, Recycling

Capital Recycling

Capital Recycling of Perth has a depth of experience in the field of recycling concrete and other building materials. The company was one of the first in Western Australia to realise the potential of recycling building materials, with regard to both a benefit to the environment and a substantial saving to the contractor and end user.

Over the past decade Capital has established itself as a significant player in the recycling sector of the Perth civil and construction market. General Manager Dave Markham describes the business as “a future-focussed company offering a comprehensive range of products and services, with increasing value to industry professionals, government bodies and the broader community.”

The primary goal of Capital Recycling is the reclamation, processing and re-use of concrete and other building materials and its mission is “to continue to be a market leader in identifying and providing solutions to the wider community in areas of waste avoidance and resource recovery.”

From humble beginnings, the business was started by an owner operator, with a second-hand 12 tonne digger, Bobcat, truck and pig trailer. From its origins in 1996 as a drainage and earthmoving operation, Capital Earthmoving & Drainage soon moved into demolition work, and after a few years in this sector, the company was well positioned to recognise the significant amount of waste generated in the construction industry and the potential this waste had as a reusable commodity.

This recognition led to the purchase of a new mobile crusher in 2000, which not only offered a greater degree of diversity in Capital’s scope of services, but also paved the way for plans to establish recycling stations. This diversity refocussed Capital’s primary goal to the reclamation, processing and re-use of concrete and other building materials. From the reclaimed materials, Capital Recycling produces a range of high quality, remanufactured products including remanufactured road-bases, drainage aggregate, reconstituted asphalt and fill sand.

With its first site for a recycling station on a 5,000 square metre block, the team at Capital Recycling quickly learned first-hand the best practices required to produce a quality product consistently. That consistent quality led to the need for expansion and continual pursuit of improved methodology and in 2011, Capital expanded into the Welshpool LIA area, just east of Perth, taking over an already partially established site on Briggs St. A recent commitment was made to purchase the entire lot, which will allow the company to redesign the site and introduce innovative procedures and equipment for more efficient production and improved client access.

2013 saw Capital expand further, establishing from scratch a new facility in the Henderson area. The introduction of this third facility indicated the company’s commitment to the industry, explains Mr Markham. All sites are strategically positioned to cater for current and future growth corridors and in almost all cases offer a reduction in transport costs (as well as disposal fees) for all clients disposing of selected waste.

Now, with its three established sites, Capital Recycling has become the biggest manufacturer of high quality remanufactured materials in WA. With more than 50 full time staff, the company is able to process well in excess of 500,000 tonnes of selected construction and demolition spoils per year.

Today Capital Recycling produces a range of high quality quarry and recycled products including gravel aggregates, crushed concrete road-base, track and drainage material as well as fill sand. On the service side, the company offers selected building waste dumping facilities, on-site crushing and screening, selected building waste transportation and site remediation and both commercial and domestic demolition services. “Whether it’s products or services required, Capital Recycling delivers cost reduction, time saving and genuine, hands-on green credentials.”

In-house and independent NATA accredited laboratory testing of all products and adherence to the strict new DER guidelines for recycling facilities ensure a contaminant free consistent material is supplied to all clients. “Our corporate philosophy is one of innovation, attention to detail and the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of concrete waste and building rubble reclamation,” explains Mr Markham. Capital Recycling focuses on efficient materials processing, and the team believes the maintenance of a clean, safe and innovative work environment contributes to the company’s strong reputation in the industrial waste reclamation industry.

As a member of the Waste Management Association of WA, Capital is very proud of its business practices, having saved more than two and a half million cubic metres of landfill to date by re-processing materials into safe, contaminant-free, quality products for re-use in the building, civil and landscape industries. Capital Recycling is capable of producing approximately 450,000 to 500,000 tonnes of products per annum.

With its large fleet of excavators, wheel loaders, mobile screen plants, mobile crushing plants, a fixed crushing and screening plant, semi tippers, its own float and a string of ancillary equipment, the company is capable not only of meeting current demand, but also of completing works in other locations or adapting its processes to meet customer needs and deadlines.

Capital Recycling remains heavily involved in demolition, with an average of more than 160 commercial or domestic properties per annum. “Our focus in this arena is always on materials that can be put through our manufacturing facilities,” explains Mr Markham –“continually closing the loop on the recycling process.”

For more information about Capital Recycling, please visit http://www.capitalrecycling.com.au/

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January 17, 2019, 4:56 AM AEDT