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The R3 Advantage

Social and environmental responsibility matters to us.

The Problem With Demolition

Too much stuff goes straight to the landfill.

Lots of demolition projects destroy or throw away materials that are either harmful, valuable or reusable in other building projects.

Too few stakeholders are considered.

Staying on budget is job one, but it’s important to consider the building’s owners and tenants – the people that live and work in these homes and offices everyday.

No Long-term vision is discussed.

Demolition projects are short-term, but buildings last a lot longer and the land is there to stay. When we only think about the project, we don’t consider the long-term consequences.

We choose to look at demolition differently

We are focused on consistently demonstrating that we can Waste Less and Do More with demolition projects.

How We Approach Sustainability.

We use methods and build relationships that avoid landfills and reuse material.

Waste Diversion is only part of the picture. We look at removed material and evaluate better ways of dealing with it. We’ve built a network of relationships that help us handle removed material appropriately.

The R3 Advantage – Expertise

We hire professionals dedicated to doing deconstruction better.

Everyone that we place on site understands that every demo site will soon be a build site, and they treat it that way. We employ skilled and responsible foremen with construction backgrounds.

With build experience, our staff see the cost-saving options and alternative build options. This makes our experience invaluable when we are the first trade on site.

The R3 Advantage – Responsiveness

We make sure that we are available and kept up to speed on all day-to-day work.

Any key decision during the project is brought back to R3 management and is responded to immediately.

It’s a top-down commitment that we’ve made to react quickly to any issue, and this allows us to be proactive to the project as a whole.

The R3 Advantage – Service

We do all our work for the same cost of a traditional demolition.

We know that cost matters, but doing sustainable demolition doesn’t have to come at a premium.

We’re raising the bar on what it means to be a deconstruction company and it starts with service. Our business model allows us to do better work and keep our project costs on par with more traditional methods of demolition.

The R3 Advantage – Sustainability

We use methods and build relationships that avoid landfills and reuse material.

Call it Waste Diversion, but this is only part of the picture. We look at removed material and evaluate better ways of dealing with it. We’ve built a network of relationships that help us handle removed material appropriately and sustainably.

We believe that social and environmental responsibility can make a difference. ~ Travis Blake, President.

Standard Demolition Wastes

The demolition industry has a low standard when it comes to environmental responsibility.  With tight deadlines, cheap waste disposal, and temporary labour, there isn’t much consideration of the waste .

At R3 we believe we can do both – stay on budget and do the job responsibly.

What is Waste Diversion?

 Waste diversion directs all kinds of waste away from landfills or incinerators through reuse, recycling, composting or gas production through anaerobic digestion.

 Waste diversion is a key component of effective and sustainable waste management.

 Waste management is the process of collecting, processing and disposing of waste.

Waste diversion rates closely reflect attitudes to waste and recycling. Rates are also related to current economic activity and to available facilities and programs for recycling and recovery. A higher waste diversion rate signals that Albertans want to reduce the impact of waste on the environment. ~ Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Government of Alberta.

Waste Diversion Promotes Sustainability

Why Waste Diversion Matters?

Economic Benefits

 Fewer landfill sites are needed, saving the cost of creating new landfills or transporting waste to more distant landfills.

 Diversion creates jobs: recycling 14,000 tonnes of waste creates nine jobs and composting it creates seven jobs, but land filling it creates just one job.

 Revenue can be generated from selling compost to the community.

Environmental Benefits

 Recycling uses less energy than disposal in a landfill and manufacturing with recycled materials is more energy-efficient than with virgin materials.

 The greenhouse gases and toxins generated by landfills and incineration are reduced.

 More land is available for agricultural and other uses.

 Reuse and recycling conserve resources.

Social Benefits

 Reduced landfill usage improves quality of life in adjacent communities and reduces the need for new landfill sites.

 Less reliance on landfills and incinerators reduces pollutants and improves health.

 Waste diversion encourages environmentally sustainable behaviour.