The Sheehan Group deliver diversification talk at C&D world conference in New York

Waste and recycling company the Sheehan Group presented to American leaders of the C&D industry at a conference in Brooklyn, New York this month.

More than 270 delegates attended the Construction and Demolition Recycling Association Annual Conference – C&D World 2019, in Brooklyn. The conference featured presentations on the market status of several materials, including asphalt shingles, recycled concrete, biochar, gypsum, and urban glass. There was also a sold-out exhibit hall showcasing the latest offerings for the C&D industry and a tour of a US based recycling business. 

The Oxfordshire based Sheehan Group was the only UK based business to speak at the prestigious event. Tara and Katie Sheehan gave a presentation on how the family-run business has diversified over more than 40 years in the construction and waste recycling industry.

Tara Sheehan, Finance Director of the Sheehan Group said: “We’re proud to have been invited to speak at such a respected international conference in our industry. It was a pleasure to share our diversification story with other businesses and share best practices.”

Katie Sheehan, Head of Sales at the Sheehan Group added: “Our diversification strategy is a long-term model and while we have a long way to go it was good to share our story and learn from other likeminded businesses. It’s vital that more and more businesses in the construction industry join the sustainability in construction movement for the longevity of the planet.”

The Sheehan Group outlined to delegates how it has continually diversified since it was founded in 1974. In the past ten years it has diversified to regenerative concerns – recognising we have a responsibility to leave the living world in a better state than we found it in.

The strategy of renewing and reusing materials has established longevity and sustainable profits for future generations. The process started with an investment in a CDE Global construction and demolition waste washing plant. It uses the latest wet processing methods to recycle waste to create a range of certified sand and aggregates which are used in concrete products. In the first six years of operation our CDE waste treatment facility has saved 600,000 tonnes of construction materials from landfill and put it safely back into use, as recycled aggregate. Half of the recycled material is used in its own construction projects and the rest is sold to contractors.

In 2014 a granulated activated carbon water treatment system was also installed to enable the processing of materials that may be contaminated with Volatile Organic Compounds. As part of the next phase of diversification the Sheehan Group are currently installing a 3.5MW WID compliant biomass boiler to enable us to produce electricity using renewable fuel – biomass in the form of waste wood.

William Turley, Executive Director of the Construction & Demolition Recycling Association said: “Thank you to the Sheehan Group for presenting at the Annual Meeting of the CDRA in Brooklyn. It would be an understatement to say you did a wonderful job presenting the information. I think the theme—the advantages of diversification—came through. You have a great and innovative company and describing its operations sure gave a lot of food for thought.”

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