It is nice to be wanted. It is even nicer to be needed. In the Dallas area, there is a Texas-sized need for someone to handle C&D (construction and demolition) recyclables.
Indeed, the founding of Champion Waste & Recycling Services represents the culmination of a long history in the waste and recycling industry spanning 50 years. Michelle Kuhar, President of Champion, along with her husband Paul Kuhar have both of Michelle's parents to thank for that history and experience. "It's that experience and hard work that led both Michelle and I into the waste and recycling industry" says Paul. Frank and Carol Giannattasio have been involved in the waste and recycling industry since the early 70's owning and operating various operations from the East Coast down to the Southwest United States providing a true passion and dedication for customer service and waste diversion solutions for their customers. It's that passion that has lead us to provide innovative waste diversion and recycling programs to our customers.
Champion Waste & Recycling Services has served the DFW area since 2002. Champion is a certified woman-owned business, members of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) and CDRA (Construction & Demolition Recycling Association). Champion has over 45 trucks, 75 employees and a Commercial Recycling MRF recycling a typical mix of OCC (old corrugated containers), mixed paper, aluminum, glass and Nos. 1-7 plastics since they started. Champion Waste and Recycling realized they could fill a niche and a need by expanding into the C&D recycling business. Cue Champion's new Town & Country Environmental Services business. After looking at possibilities for about five years, the company dived into C&D Recycling. Thanks to the new facility, Town & Country Environmental Services (T&C) is ready to fill that need.
Before T&C opened, most contractors who recycled brought an array of containers to the work site and hoped that wallboard got into the right box and that the wood fraction was not contaminated with concrete. It was "cave-man era" recycling, Vice President of Champion Waste & Recycling Services, Frank Giannattasio, says. Anyone working on a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) project was simply out of luck and getting accurate numbers was a headache. "It was a pain for everyone to manage and get numbers recorded. Half of the loads were contaminated," he says.
"Contractors want a reliable and innovative recycling partner," says Paul Kuhar who is the Vice President at T&C. "There is a big need for construction recycling services." T&C's new facility in Celina, Texas makes that possible for contractors because we are perfectly located right in the pathway of the construction growth boom north of Dallas/Ft. Worth.
T&C had needs, too. It needed a reliable, responsive partner to help design a flexible, durable line. The answer was a partnership with General Kinematics (GK), Crystal Lake, Illinois. GK pioneered the application of vibratory separation. Tools like its FINGER-SCREEN™ and DE-STONER® Air Classifier efficiently sort and separate recyclables requiring low labor requirements and low maintenance times.
Upon entering the facility two scales await you at the gate to efficiently move traffic through the Celina plant. Trucks pull onto the tipping floor and dump. A Volvo excavator loads material to the primary FINGER-SCREEN™.
The FINGER-SCREEN™ makes a 6.5-inch cut on the primary material and that 6.5-plus material heads to the A-Line. At this point, cardboard, metal, Grade A and Grade B wood, sheet rock, large concrete and plastic are picked.
The 6.5" minus material heads to the B-Line conveyor, first hitting the cross-belt magnet pulling metal. Continuing on for further screening, there is a secondary, 2.5-inch minus FINGER-SCREEN™. "This creates either fines or ADC fluff," Paul says.
The remaining material on the B-Line is 2.5 to 6.5 inches. "Typically, this is wood, aluminum, plastic bottles, paper and small pieces of concrete," he says.
The last piece of the line is the DE-STONER® Air Classifier, which separates heavy materials from lights. Heavy material falls onto the return belt and goes back to the concrete bunker while the lights float to a bunker at the end of the line.
Down the road, T&C hopes to market the material that comes off the DE-STONER® as refuse-derived fuel (RDF). At present, Frank says, the company can create samples of its materials for potential customers to examine. "There is the option with our DE-STONER® to do a kind of reverse sort where we use it for wood, rather than concrete," Paul says. The line's versatility will let T&C switch to the next heavier product.
Another possibility is to tailor the sort to the end user's needs. T&C's pickers can be adjusted to grab Class A wood into a bunker targeted for a customer buying ultra-clean wood for playground use. Class B wood will go to another bunker. "The versatility of what we can extract is a big leg up for us," Frank adds.
All the residual from the A-Line goes into another compactor then on to a transfer trailer and is landfilled. "The design is great. This was all brand new, ground-up infrastructure.
It is the design's versatility that has both men smiling. "We can tailor our sorting," Frank states. Contractors are chomping at the bit for T&C's services. Currently, the company tends to want to haul a single product, such as clean concrete, before going to single stream. With its industry-leading operation, T&C is ready to meet single-stream needs.
"When a customer is brought to this site and sees the size of the equipment that is there, they are impressed," Paul says. The Celina installation is colorful, to say the least. "The color coordination is awesome," Paul says. "In fact, my son PJ thought we were building a water park," he laughs.
"Assembly of the line went flawlessly," Frank says. "On any job you'd expect to run into problems, but they put this system up in cold, wet weather without a single complaint. They were right on time with all the equipment. It was seamless."
With a solid system in place, the principals already are looking forward to opening two more additional facilities in the DFW Metroplex. And they already know the new design will be just like the Celina system. "We're looking forward to working with GK on the next one. We'll just have to add water!" Paul quips.
Yet it is no joke- everyone knows that a clean truck and a clean yard points to as well-run operation. Adding to the mix is a brightly colored system that looks modern and efficient. "That helps you with your customer," Paul states. Which is why Champion can meet its claim, posted on every truck and piece of equipment: "No one does it better."
For more information on GK products or on TMA Bark, visit https://www.generalkinematics.com.