Business: SCOR Industries
In business since: 1970
Location: Bloomington, California
Doosan machines: DL250-5 and DL420-5 wheel loaders
Doosan dealer: Scott Equipment
The SCOR Industries’ resource recovery and zero-waste program for dealing with construction debris is growing in popularity across Southern California as a trio of trends converge: an increase in all types of construction, less available landfill space and more government regulations.
“The typical hauler focuses on finding a home for construction waste,” says Adolfo Sandoval, son of the founder and vice president of operations for SCOR Industries. “We take the opposite approach, trying to recover as much of the waste as we can. As a result of the comprehensive services we offer, our company works on some of the largest, highest-profile building projects in Southern California. Our customers like the unique way we manage jobsite waste and the recycling rates we can achieve.”
One customer that relies on SCOR Industries is Oltmans Construction Company, a full-service general contractor based in Whittier, California.
“I can remember when this environment stuff was a real headache,” says an Oltmans representative. “But not anymore. Thank goodness for SCOR Industries. In our 80 years, we’ve never seen another company like SCOR Industries that delivers so much at such a reduced cost.”
Another client from Toll Brothers, a national homebuilding company, says “building luxury homes isn’t any fun if the contractor you use for resource recovery isn’t helping you save money. SCOR Industries over-delivers services and keeps costs really low.”
While the company started by Norberto Sandoval has a long history of construction site cleanup, today there is more emphasis on commercial, industrial and infrastructure resource recovery.
Adolfo Sandoval and Jessy Cisneros, SCOR Industries recycling supervisor, have a process for handling the needs of their clients.
As soon as a contract is awarded, a contractor in California has to provide an estimate of how much waste material will be generated. Municipalities require a waste management plan before a job begins.
The first step by SCOR Industries is to fill out the forms so the contractor can obtain a building permit. SCOR Industries has historical data going back 15 years that they use to help the contractor budget for how much waste will be generated and what type of materials will come out of the job. That information enables SCOR Industries to provide accurate information on how much concrete, wood and other materials will turn into waste. This documentation allows the contractor to get a building permit quickly.
At the jobsite
Once the contractor begins generating waste material, the SCOR Industries team is on site providing debris containment to keep the project in compliance. Using Bobcat® skid-steer loaders, attachments and large roll-off containers, the well-trained staff separates materials quickly and dispatches full loads to the company’s 7-acre facility in Bloomington. If there is not sufficient space on the jobsite to separate the material, it is brought back to the SCOR Industries lot to be prepared for recycling.
At the recycling facility
Each load of debris, accompanied by a work order for the project, passes over the firm’s sophisticated scale system in order to keep an accurate record of each client’s job.
Once the roll-off containers are dumped, a pair of Doosan wheel loaders with buckets efficiently handle the waste material, including loading wood into grinders for making nursery products and putting metal into shredders. Concrete is crushed and sold as a base; gypsum goes to Bakersfield, California, to be used as a soil component; and plastic is shipped overseas where 100 percent of it is recycled.
To successfully execute its resource recovery program as business increased the past couple of years, SCOR Industries needed wheel loaders capable of handling large volumes of material. Scott Equipment, a supplier of equipment to the Sandoval family for more than two decades, suggested they take a look at the Doosan brand.
The first purchase was a DL420-5 wheel loader. More recently the company purchased a DL250-5 wheel loader. Both Doosan wheel loaders, according to Sandoval, are operator favorites that offer superior comfort, reliability, simple maintenance and fuel efficiency.
“With trucks arriving and departing throughout the day, these two machines move massive amounts of material,” he says. “They handle a lot at a time. The technology behind the wheel loaders is very useful because of the volume we pick up and transport. These machines are the big boys in the yard.”
High recycling rates
This is exactly the type of equipment SCOR Industries needs to meet the requirements of the California mandatory commercial recycling law. Contractors who generate four cubic yards of waste per week must recycle. The goal of the state is 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To reach that number, an additional 23 million tons will need to be recycled, reduced or composted in less than four years.
“For our clients, we track waste material from start to finish,” Sandoval says. “While the goal of the state is to have 75 percent of the debris recycled, we have been able to achieve more than 90 percent recycled.”
California contractors are not only required to properly dispose of their waste — they must also provide documentation. That is why the services of SCOR Industries are so valuable.
“Our clients really like the way we handle the process for them,” Sandoval says. “They also like the timely service we give them. We help keep jobs on schedule. Coming from a construction background, we understand schedules and how to make them work for our customers.”