Interco Specializes in Construction and Demolition Recycling

Construction and Demolition Recycling

With 25 years of experience, Interco specializes in construction and demolition recycling. The 400,000 square foot facility has 7 buildings and an expert staff dedicated to sorting various materials from construction and demo projects. The facility processes close to a quarter-billion pounds of materials every month that can originate from construction and demolition sites. For example, Interco recycles scrap cupronickel, also known as copper-nickel, which is a complex alloy found in demolished power plants. Interco also recycles scrap admiralty brass, which is comprised of zinc, copper, and tin that is often removed from older heat exchangers and power plant condensers.

Increasing ROI from Construction and Demolition Recycling

Interco maximizes the return on investment of construction and demolition recycling scrap metals. The company can offer the best pricing on these materials by generating a consistently high volume through mixed and straight loads. Through various sorting processes, Interco offers clean packages to the secondary marketplace. Additionally, the expert Interco team obtains the highest recoverable scrap value by maximizing the return for its clients through efficient proprietary practices.

Other recycling facilities may act as brokers or the “middleman.” In contrast, Interco takes delivery of the materials at its 400,000+ square foot facility and processes them specifically for smelters, refineries, ingot makers, and metals mills worldwide. The team handles each material differently depending on its condition, quantity, and origin to produce a finished product or package of maximum value to the end-consumer. Consequently, it is extremely important that the Interco team know not only where the current market is to hedge against potential loss, but they must also know which consumer is paying the highest relative price. This price also depends on the quality of the materials and amount and cost of labor that is required to produce the package. Because Interco matches specific the metallurgical chemistries and form with the ideal end consumers, Interco sells materials in straight loads for the best market price. The more Interco makes, the more the Interco clients make.

Interco Specializes in Recycling Construction and Demolition Materials

The expert staff consisting of over 100 full time employees combined with the large facility size makes Interco a perfect choice as a partner for recycling construction and demolition materials. Interco can receive demo materials in end dumps, by railcar, by flatbed, or in traditional 53’ enclosed van trailers. The facility uses excavators to unload the dumps and railcars to sort on the 150,000 square foot clean concrete slab before micro sortation, repackaging, and baling indoors. Additionally, the recycling facility separates the complex materials that come from loads of construction and demolition site materials by hand if needed.

Sorting these materials helps to extract valuable scrap metals.

  • Copper wire, tube and pipe
  • Brass pipe and fittings
  • Stainless steel
  • Galvanized steel
  • Aluminum pipe and parts
  • Cupronickel pipe
  • Admiralty Brass tube

Interco Recycles Scrap Cupronickel from Demolished Power Plant Facilities

Interco recycles scrap cupronickel that often comes from demolished power plant facilities. Cupronickel is a blend of copper and nickel making it extremely resistant to corrosion from water, especially salt water. It is often used in power plants because it maintains stable electrical resistance even when temperatures vary greatly. The combination of the two highly sought-after nonferrous metals – copper and nickel – would make it seem as if cupronickel would be a scrap metal sought after by many recycling companies. However, most recycling companies reject scrap cupronickel for a couple reasons: 1) they don’t generate enough of the material to provide consistent supply to the end-consumers and 2) they cannot commit to purchasing an uncommon alloy for fear that they might have to hold it through negative market turns.

Unlike many other companies, Interco recycles scrap cupronickel from demolished power plant facilities in straight or mixed truckloads. Interco takes a leading position in the marketplace and agrees to provide scrap cupronickel in specific alloys, grades, quantities, forms, and amounts to end consumers worldwide over a contracted period. Usually this amounts to a premium sale and a higher price paid by Interco to its suppliers.

Interco Scraps Admiralty Brass from Construction Materials

Interco processes scrap admiralty brass often found in heat exchangers and power plant condensers. Many of the older power plants with this material, also known as C44300, have either been set for demolition or torn down already. Since large amounts of admiralty brass are found when recycling construction and demolition materials, Interco has catered to the construction and demolition industry for some time. The Interco team works with demolition companies to create efficient processes onsite to maximize the price paid for the materials.

For instance, the Interco team has helped many demo companies organize onsite sortation processes to separate nonferrous construction debris from the steel and other material. To separate the scrap admiralty brass from the rest of the demolition materials, Interco often recommends the following.

  1. Remove all metallic pieces from the pile
  2. Sort ferrous from nonferrous using hand sorting and mechanical separation techniques
  3. Visually determine the metal alloy through careful inspection or by using handheld metal analyzers or spectrometers
  4. Eliminate any contamination, parts, or attachments – including metallic powders and dust
  5. Sort like metal alloys into bins for onsite storage and easy transportation

In addition, Interco has been able to offer insight into what processes make sense to handle at the demo site from a profitability standpoint rather than back at the Interco processing facility. Because the Interco team has so much experience with construction and demolition recycling, it is easy to share the knowledge to help its demolition contractor client partners.

Choose Interco to Buy, Sort, and Sell Construction and Demo Materials

After sorting, decontaminating, and analyzing the metal at the Interco facility, the Interco team of onsite workers box or bale the metals by alloy into plastic or metal bins for transport to the Interco processing plant. Then, the Interco commercial traders sell the admiralty brass to domestic brass mills and ingot makers or export to smelters and refineries.  There, the Interco team will weigh, inspect, resort, and grade every piece of metal. Everything will be processed according to mill, refinery, smelter, or ingot maker specification, packaged and sorted in to 5-, 10-, or 20-ton loads for shipment to the final destination. The Interco commercial trading department sells the metals in truckload or export container quantities – usually in 20-ton (44,000 pound) packages to mills, smelters, ingot makers, and refineries, and globally. They work with suppliers of nonferrous construction and demolition scrap materials throughout North, Central, and South America to provide the best solution based on geography and market conditions to maximize return.