AGC Celebrates America Recycles Day

Contractors' recycling forum showcases examples of recycling success and encourages members to get involved in recycling efforts

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With America Recycles Day on November 15, AGC’s Environmental Forum Steering Committee stepped forward to share their achievements and observations on how construction recycling goes much farther and tackles much larger amounts of material than everyday recycling. The committee members assembled a document highlighting seven examples of how much contractors recycle.

  • Ames Construction recycles thousands of tons of concrete each year through its Western Region Concrete Recycle Program
  • APAC KS-MO has created a shingle recycling program that benefits the company and the environment in several ways
  • Kiewit Corporation jobs most frequently recycle steel, concrete, asphalt and used oil
  • Kitchell Contractors makes recycling, reuse and waste minimization mandatory on all projects
  • Lane Construction conserves resources at many of its facilities through water treatment and re-use and other innovative recycling methods
  • Ranger Construction’s largest contribution to recycling is the company’s use of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)

“America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov. 15. This national event gives us a great opportunity to recognize and improve our recycling habits that extends to our projects, our offices and to our homes,” said Connie A. Determan, chairperson of the AGC Environmental Forum Steering Committee and vice president of Kiewit Corporation.

More contractors are recycling on site, saving money on landfill fees, new materials, and even wear and tear on trucks taking waste to landfill sites. What is more, converting waste into raw materials through recycling creates jobs, builds more competitive manufacturing industries and adds significantly to the economy, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

AGC encourages more members to join its Environmental Forum and its movement to raise awareness and educate the public on the benefits of recycling. Share your recycling success with AGC by emailing Melinda Tomaino, Director of Green Construction, at