Recovery 1
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Recovery 1 is a Resource Recovery, Recycling & Research Facility Dedicated to Developing Sustainable Waste Management Systems
Waste is a Resource Out of Place

Recycling vs Incineration

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Recycling Vs. Incineration

Washington Administrative Code Chapter 173-350 offers the following definitions:
"Recycling" Means transforming or remanufacturing waste materials into usable or marketable materials for use other than landfill disposal or incineration. Recycling does not include collection, compacting, repackaging and sorting for the purpose of transport.
"Incineration" Means reducing the volume of solid wastes by use of an enclosed devise using controlled flame combustion.

Recovery 1 accepts co-mingled Construction, Demolition and Land-clearing debris that meets our stringent criteria.  We segregate the various components that make up that waste stream and process those materials into commodities that have value in the marketplace.  Wood from the debris stream is transformed into fuel and represents the single largest commodity manufactured at Recovery 1.  The wood fuel we manufacture is in high demand replacing natural gas and oil as a carbon neutral energy source for the paper manufacturers of Western Washington.
Some people confuse using wood fuel to fulfill the energy requirements of industry with incineration.  A waste incinerator is used to reduce the volume of MSW deposited in a landfill.  Paper manufacturers do not purchase fuel so they can reduce the volume going to the landfill.  They purchase wood fuel because they need energy to make paper. Their other options include natural gas and oil.  Without low cost energy to manufacture paper, the mills would be unable to compete on the world market. 
The United States represents 4% of the world's population and yet we are responsible for approximately 25% of the anthropogenic CO2 emissions in the world.  Burning wood for fuel generates carbon dioxide emissions, but as long as new trees are planted to replace those used as fuel, the level of emissions doesn't change as the new trees are soaking up carbon to offset the emissions from the wood fuel. So, wood fuel is 'carbon neutral.'  The feed stocks used by Recovery 1 to manufacture wood fuel would normally go to a landfill.  Landfills generate methane gas which is 21X more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2.  Converting C&D wood waste into fuel is infinitely better than converting wood waste into methane and loosing all of the other recyclable commodities found in the C&D waste stream at the same time.