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Talking Trash: Builders Waste Recycling Finds Growing Niche in Housing Industry

It’s no surprise northern Michigan is becoming a hot spot for people buying older homes and flipping or restoring them into brand new.  It’s a growing trend and one that doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.  That raises the question of what needs to be done with the building waste materials like old roof shingles or flooring.

Builders Waste Recycling based in Leelanau County has become a middle man or specialized niche to keep these items out of landfills.  Owner and creator, Dave Brown started the company 20 years ago after moving from Chicago.  He saw the need and it’s only grown when it comes to construction sites or home remodeling throughout the area.

Builders Waste provides trailers that can be on-site where work is going on and everything from cardboard,  wood, and plastics can be disposed into them.  Brown then hires drivers to take the trailers to major recycling centers like American Waste.

“We are just in a niche where we have a lot of core builders over the years for over 20 years. We just basically provide this service and they enjoy it because they can move the trailers around on the job sites which is nice and we are very punctual at the site. They also get peace of mind and they know that everything that is coming off these sites is getting recycled,” says Brown.

Builders Waste provides its services to Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Benzie Counties but will go beyond those areas if personally requested.  For more information on their services and to contact the company based in Maple City,