WM scraps construction recycling operation

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by GARY CHITTIM KING 5 News

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Posted on September 19, 2013 at 6:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 19 at 7:51 PM

AUBURN, Wash. -- Waste Management Company (WM) confirmed it will close its popular construction and demolition facility in Auburn.

WM bought the Glacier Recycling operation in 2010 and announced it would become an important element in its commitment to green and sustainable development. The facility is the largest receiver of debris from construction and demolition (C & D) projects in King County.

In a statement issued Thursday, Waste Management blamed the decision on current economic realities.

“In 2010, WM purchased Glacier, made a number of upgrades to the facility so that we could expand our recycling efforts in C & D,” said WM Senior Communications Manager Robin Freedman. “At that time, market conditions were strong and it was a viable business. Unfortunately the market conditions have dramatically changed, so it no longer makes financial sense to remain open.”

The company also faced several regulatory issues. The Environmental Health Services Division of Public Health of Seattle & King County sent a notice to the company citing several unresolved environmental issues.

WM said it is meeting with other recyclers in the area to form partnerships for the continued recycling of C & D.

The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County said Thursday it is concerned about the closure of any facility like this. Recycling is a major part of its sustainability program and there are concerns losing the facility will reduce options and increase fees.   
 

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