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Puget Sound is home to “resident” pods of Killer Whales (Orca) identified as “J”, “K”, and “L”. The Orca's large size and strength make it among the fastest marine mammals, often reaching speeds in excess of 35 mph. They often hunt in packs like wolves and have been seen traveling in groups of up to 60 animals.

Announcing the General Meeting of the Northwest Chapter of the Construction Materials Recycling Association!
Tuesday February 21, 2012
Where: Great American Casino
10117 South Tacoma Way
Lakewood, WA. 98499

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The Great Northwest Chapter of the Construction Materials Recycling Association represents a diverse group of businesses and organizations involved in the recycling of construction and demolition debris and other commercial commodities. Our mission is to advocate for the increased diversion of recyclable materials from landfill disposal in our region. Our members are involved in keeping over half a million tons out of our landfills annually through economically prudent and environmentally sustainable recycling of these materials. This emerging recycling infrastructure in the Northwest not only saves landfill space, but saves money for contractors and developers, creates green-collar jobs and provides alternative resource supplies to regional industries. Welcome to our website, which we have created to help share information about our mission with you. As we build our industry of tomorrow, we will continue to add information about our developments, and how the recycling processes and markets evolve. Independent recyclers: good for business, good for the environment!

Here in the Great Northwest there is hardly another commodity that could be considered so quintessentially symbolic of the Northwest. The forests of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia are some of the most magnificent in the world, and recycling is an important part of our sustainable stewardship of this resource base. Today, by growing our recycling infrastructure, we are planting a new forest, the urban forest; one that we hope will benefit many generations to come.

Urban wood resources include lumber and wood products sorted from construction and demolition debris as well as the many pallets, crates and manufacturing scraps produced throughout our industries. In addition to lumber and building products, wood is the backbone of a diverse paper and box making industry in the northwest. Recycled wood can be used for renewable biomass energy in place of virgin wood resources and fossil fuels. Mills that use wood derived fuels have cogeneration plants that use steam heat from boilers to heat the mills and power turbines that generate electricity. An ever growing portion of the recycled wood stream is now being sorted and processed through more sophisticated systems so that it can actually be used to make pulp for new paper production. Job sites today may see some of their own debris hauled away for recycling come back to the site as a new cardboard box.