Meridian Industrial Service Corp., the contractor in charge of clearing the CenterPoint MarketPlace mall site in downtown Stevens Point for redevelopment, said more than 90 percent of the materials removed from the site – mostly concrete and steel – will be recycled.
“I don’t even like to call it demolition. It’s dismantling,” said Phillip Downes, the onsite manager of the six laborers and two machine operators conducting the demolition for Meridian. “It’s the process of making a bunch of piles that all go different places… About half to three-quarters of this is going to stay within 20 miles of here.”
“All the concrete footings, the foundation, the concrete all gets recycled,” said Downes, noting that the city will be able to form new concrete from the old. “The beauty of the concrete is it will last forever… The rebar, that’s steel. That’s going to be recycled as well.”
The block from the mall walls, he said, will be broken down and used underneath new and rebuilt roads to add stability.
Other steel items include I-beams, trusses, sheet steel and miscellaneous conduit and piping will also be recycled.
“You can’t just scoop all this stuff up and put it in the trash,” said Downes. “It just doesn’t make sense to do that.”