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CDRA Member Spotlight: Michael Gross

Michael Gross, Director of Sustainability at Green Waste in San Jose, CA

Recycling Pioneer and Early CDRA Supporter Theodore Ondrick Passes Away at 80

Theodore “Tadj” Ondrick, Chicopee, MA, passed away on May 28 surrounded by his family. He was 80 years old.

Tadj had a terrific work ethic that allowed him, along with his wife of 50 years, Pamela, to build up his father’s construction company, including beginning the recycling of concrete and asphalt more than 30 years ago. Tadj was an original board member of the CDRA and an early inductee into the C&D Hall of Fame. During the early days of the CDRA, there was no stronger supporter of the organization’s mission. The tradition of recycling lives on at Ondrick Material and Recycling through his two sons, Adam and Todd. The CDRA extends its condolences to the entire Ondrick family.

Read Tadj's Obituary

CDRA Member Spotlight: Becky Caldwell

Becky Caldwell, Incoming CDRA Executive Director

Proposed Bylaws Changes Approved in March 2022

At the CDRA Board of Directors meeting held at C&D World 2022, adjustments to the Bylaws of the Association were reviewed and approved. The approved changes (additions and deletions) are as follows, with all adjustments to language shown in red. Only articles affected by these changes are shown. View the full bylaws here.

CDRA Announces Incoming Executive Director

Chicago, Illinois (April 21, 2022) – Waste industry veteran Rebecca Caldwell will replace long-time Executive Director William Turley on July 1, 2022, as he relinquishes full-time duties as the head of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association, which he founded 28 years ago. 

CDRA Member Spotlight: Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson, CEO at van der Linde Recycling & Container Rentals in Charlottesville, VA

C&D World Attracts Largest Turnout Since Pre-Pandemic

Chicago, Illinois (March 30, 2022) – The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association's (CDRA) Annual Meeting, C&D World, has always been the gathering place of the C&D industry, and the 2022 event was no different. Held March 13-15 in Atlanta, C&D World 2022 boasted the largest turnout since the pre-pandemic era as attendees showed up to see the latest services and equipment in the exhibit hall, network with their peers from across North America, and hear insights on: 

CDRA Announces 2022 Best Practices in Safety Award Recipients

Chicago, Illinois (March 1, 2022) – The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) is proud to announce its 2022 Best Practices in Safety award recipients:

HBCD and What the CDRA Does

Cyclic Aliphatic Bromide Cluster (HBCD) is a chemical no longer used in foam panel insulation, and even when it was used, it was a small part of the total number of foam panels manufactured. Today, the best estimates are that foam panels containing HBCD make up about .015 percent of the C&D waste stream, making it virtually non-existent.

CDRA Member Spotlight: Terri Ward

Terri Ward, VP Sales & Business Development at TORXX Kinetic, Inc. in Chattanooga, TN

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Proposed February 2022

The Executive Committee of the CDRA is proposing adjustments to the Bylaws of the Association, to be discussed and considered at the Board of Directors meeting taking place in Atlanta, GA during the C&D World Annual Conference. The proposed changes (additions and deletions) are as follows, with all adjustments to language shown in red. Only articles affected by these changes are shown. Questions may be directed to [email protected]. The result of the vote will be shared following the meeting. 

CDRA Announces 2022 Awards Recipients

Chicago, Illinois (February 7, 2022) – The Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) is proud to recognize excellence in the C&D industry with the announcement of its 2022 awards recipients:

CDRA Expands Member Services With New Gypsum Recycling Committee

Chicago, Illinois (January 6, 2022) – A new Gypsum Recycling Committee has been formed by the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association (CDRA) to help those involved in the industry grow the recovery rate for the commonly found material.

CDRA Member Spotlight: William Cooper

William Cooper, Director Of Business Development at Cooper Recycling in New York, New York

CDRA Member Spotlight: Ron Richey

Ron Richey, CEO at Staton Companies in Springfield, OR

John Kurtz Receives “Growing the Good in Business Award”

Independence, Ohio (September 21, 2021) – Kurtz Bros., Inc., Northeastern Ohio leaders in waste-toresource and landscape supply manufacturing and distribution, is pleased to share that Chairman and CEO, John Kurtz, recently received the inaugural “Growing the Good in Business Award” from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. John is a 2008 graduate of Mendoza’s Executive MBA Program.

CDRA Member Spotlight: Tracie Bills

Tracie Bills, Vice President at SCS Engineers in Pleasanton, CA

The United Group Acquires K.T. Recycling & Container

Seattle, Wash. – On Aug. 16, The United Group announced the completion of the acquisition of K.T. Recycling, a container services company located in Seattle. The United Group is the recycling leader in the Puget Sound, with the highest diversion rates and seven divisions focused on construction-demolition and metal recycling, landscape material production and container services. Under the deal, K.T. Recycling will be known as K.T. Recycling & Container.

New Jersey’s Environmental Justice Law: A Potential Model for EJ National Focus

A version of this article appeared in a recent issue of EM Magazine, a publication of the Air & Waste Management Association. This is a more comprehensive update to a topic discussed in the May 2021 issue of the CDRA e-Newsletter. 

CDRA Member Spotlight: Faisal Mirza

Faisal Mirza, P.Eng., PMP, MBA, Senior Project Manager at Solid Waste Strategic Services for the City of Vancouver