C&D World Exceeds Member Expectations


Industry leaders gathered in Bonita Springs, Florida, for C&D World 2024, the premier event for Construction & Demolition recyclers. With record attendance and exhibitors, the convention featured an economic forecast by Comerica Bank’s chief economist, insightful discussions by industry executives and operators, fire prevention strategies, and circularity opportunities. Attendees also explored cutting-edge equipment at the Technology Forum and enjoyed a first-rate tour of one of Southwest Waste’s recycling facilities. This year's C&D World Convention showcased unprecedented collaboration and innovation, setting a new standard for the recycling industry.


Thank you to all members who attended C&D World and to our exhibitors, sponsors and volunteers for helping us curate the record-breaking event. We hope everyone took advantage of all that C&D World had to offer!

2025 C&D World will be in Dallas, TX, in late January. A “Save the Date” announcement will be made soon. A task force will also be forming to work on conference programming, including gypsum and aggregate recycling tracks. Let us know if you’re interested in participating.


Member Spotlight: Terrell Garrett

GreenWay Recycling - Portland, OR


CDRA Recycler of the Year, GreenWay Recycling (Portland, OR) stands as a beacon of sustainable innovation in the recycling industry. Celebrating 20 years of excellence, their $7 million rebuild has propelled them to achieve the highest recycling rates in the region. Specializing in mixed construction and demolition sorting, their facility processes a wide range of materials, including wood, aggregates, metals, and more. As a proud member of CDRA, Founder and CEO Terrell Garrett, leverages collective wisdom to navigate complexities and drive positive change for GreenWay and the industry. Learn more about Terrell and what drives him to make a difference.


Welcome New Executive Committee & Board Member Lenzie Johnson


New officers and an additional member were elected to the CDRA Board of Directors at the Annual Membership Meeting that took place during C&D World  from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

According to Terri Ward, CDRA’s new Executive Director/CEO, “CDRA is fortunate to have such a respected group of industry leaders guiding the Association, with an ambitious strategic plan to expand the industry’s influence and promote the economic and environmental benefits of recycled building materials. In addition to both large and small recyclers, the Board represents major waste management companies, construction and demolition contractors, technology providers, and environmental consultants. More so now than ever, we’re able to have important discussions with all industry stakeholders at the table.”


CDRA’s new Executive Committee includes:

  • President John Thomas, Mount Materials; Berlin, NJ
  • Vice President Bernard Styer, American Demolition; Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Treasurer William Cooper, Cooper Recycling; Brooklyn, NY
  • Secretary Brock Hill, Premier Recycle; San Jose, CA
  • Member At Large Brandon Lapsys, Viably; Denver, CO
  • Immediate Past President Jason Haus, Dem-Con Companies, Shakopee, MN

New Board Member Lenzie Johnson, Jr., of L&J Processing Facility Corp., Baltimore, MD, was also elected.


Committee Corner


The CDRA is THE FORUM for C&D recycling professionals to collaborate. The Shingle Recycling and Gypsum Recycling Committees are two of our most active communities, and both met in February. Here’s a snapshot of what they’re doing to positively impact the industry in case you missed the meetings.


Shingle Recycling Committee: Chair Dan Horton outlined efforts to boost shingle waste recycling, including seeking funds for a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and redesigning the shinglerecycling.org website. Updates on initiatives such as the Recycling Certification Institute's (RCI) recognition of various operations and Vermont's use of recycled shingles were shared. Plans for the 10th CDRA Shingle Recycling Forum in Indianapolis were also announced, inviting participation in the programming task force.


Gypsum Recycling Committee: The Gypsum Recycling Committee meeting, led by Chair Terry Weaver, focused on quality recycled gypsum and reviewed ongoing projects, notably examining the revised EPA WARM guidelines and reviewing an RFP for a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for recycled gypsum. The RFP will be sent to qualified companies to conduct the LCA project, which is being funded by the Association and key stakeholder members. Additional discussions included CDRA members' support and the importance of legislative advocacy amidst closed-loop recycling initiatives developing in California.


Upcoming in March


March 5th: Safety and Risk Management Committee

March 13th: Gypsum Recycling Committee

March 18th: End Marketing Committee

March 21st: New Member Roundtable & Orientation (hosted by Membership and Marketing Committee)


Thanks to all who participated in February! Are you interested in getting involved? Please click here to sign up for a committee or contact CDRA Administrator Michael Van Kerckhove to be added to one or more committee rosters.  


Members in the News


We’re proud to have so many industry-leading companies involved in CDRA. See how our members make headlines and move the industry forward with recent achievements, announcements, and more!


ReSource Waste Services of Lewiston Achieves RCI Certification: The ReSource Waste Services of Lewiston facility that recycles construction and demolition waste (C&D) has been certified by the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI). The RCI certification was based on a rigorous evaluation performed by an independent third party of the facility’s processes and protocols. It also verified the integrity of the facility’s recovery/recycling reports.


Coastal Waste & Recycling Partners with Volvo CE and Mack Trucks to Bring Electrification to South Florida: Volvo Construction Equipment and Mack Trucks, both Volvo Group companies, recently delivered on and off-road electric equipment to Palm Beach County based Coastal Waste & Recycling to help the company to further achieve its sustainability goals. Coastal Waste & Recycling celebrated the event with representatives of the two OEMs and local officials at their facility in Pompano Beach, Florida.


Crafted by confidence: Southwest Waste Services builds on decades of experience to offer comprehensive recycling services through its seven post-collection facilities. While Fort Myers, Florida-based Southwest Waste Services is a relatively new company, its leadership’s tenure in the construction and demolition (C&D) recycling industry has helped it quickly expand in the southwest Florida market.


We are always looking to share our member’s stories and successes! Send us your latest press release, or share your company's latest news stories. We will share them on our social networks, website, and newsletters.


Upload them to our website or send them to our Membership and Marketing Director, Heather Schuler [email protected]


We'll Be at Waste Expo, Will You?


The CDRA will exhibit this year, and you can find us at Booth #1613. We want to extend a discount to our members for registration. Please see the link below to download your CDRA Discount information.


We are also looking for volunteers to spend some time in the booth to help promote the CDRA benefits you value the most with prospective members. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to our Membership and Marketing Director, Heather Schuler at [email protected] or 815-207-1755.


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