Our Process

Choose a Material

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Wood and Brush
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Metal
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Plastic
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Cardboard
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Drywall / Gypsum
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Carpet
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Mattresses
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Contaminated Soil
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Asphalt / Concrete
urban wood waste and brush at a recycling center

Urban wood waste and brush

Urban wood waste and brush is processed through a grinder or hammer mill to produce what is often referred to as Hog Fuel. This alternative fuel is then used in biomass power operations, reducing the demand for non-renewable fossil fuels like oil or natural gas and diverting wood waste from the landfill. 

urban wood waste and brush at a recycling center

Urban wood waste and brush

Urban wood waste and brush is processed through a grinder or hammer mill to produce what is often referred to as Hog Fuel. This alternative fuel is then used in biomass power operations, reducing the demand for non-renewable fossil fuels like oil or natural gas and diverting wood waste from the landfill. 

Metal

Scrap metal and wire are picked out and sorted into piles of ferrous, non-ferrous, and various types of wire and shipped to local scrap metal companies who turn it into new metal products, including rebar.

pile of scrap metal
pile of scrap metal

Metal

Scrap metal and wire are picked out and sorted into piles of ferrous, non-ferrous, and various types of wire and shipped to local scrap metal companies who turn it into new metal products, including rebar.

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Plastic

Recyclable Plastics are sorted and shipped to vendors to utilize in their production process to be made into new plastic products. Plastics that are not recyclable through conventional means are processed into GigaFuel, an alternative low carbon fuel product utilized in Cement production. This helps local Cement manufacturers offset their reliance on coal or natural gas, and in turn reduces their carbon footprint.

plastic bottles amongst the rocks

Plastic

Recyclable Plastics are sorted and shipped to vendors to utilize in their production process to be made into new plastic products. Plastics that are not recyclable through conventional means are processed into GigaFuel, an alternative low carbon fuel product utilized in Cement production. This helps local Cement manufacturers offset their reliance on coal or natural gas, and in turn reduces their carbon footprint.

Cardboard

DTG Recycle receives a lot of cardboard from its manufacturing and warehouse/retail customers, but a surprising amount of cardboard comes off of construction job sites. We partner with local paper mills to turn this material back into more paper products. Each ton of cardboard/paper that is recycled saves trees, oil, landfill space, power, and water, making this an essential commodity to recover.

bulldozer moving recycling materials
bulldozer moving recycling materials

Cardboard

DTG Recycle receives a lot of cardboard from its manufacturing and warehouse/retail customers, but a surprising amount of cardboard comes off of construction job sites. We partner with local paper mills to turn this material back into more paper products. Each ton of cardboard/paper that is recycled saves trees, oil, landfill space, power, and water, making this an essential commodity to recover.

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Drywall/Gypsum

Gypsum is one of the earliest forms of fertilizer in the United States. Farmers have used it as a soil amendment for more than 250 years. Drywall from construction projects is collected by our drywall scrapping division, or brought to us in dumpsters or by our customers directly. It is then processed into gypsum powder for manufacturing and agricultural companies throughout the northwest.

With support from DTG Recycle, Washington State University is pioneering a unique technology that aims to recycle and convert drywall scraps into Drywall Waste Blocks (DWB) using a patent-pending process. Construction companies can use these blocks for non-structural walls and a variety of other aesthetic purposes. We envision customers recycling their drywall scraps and then utilizing the blocks on their project made from the same drywall that they recycled for a local, full circle sustainability option. 

drywall and scrap material in a pile

Drywall/Gypsum

Gypsum is one of the earliest forms of fertilizer in the United States. Farmers have used it as a soil amendment for more than 250 years. Drywall from construction projects is collected by our drywall scrapping division, or brought to us in dumpsters or by our customers directly. It is then processed into gypsum powder for manufacturing and agricultural companies throughout the northwest.

With support from DTG Recycle, Washington State University is pioneering a unique technology that aims to recycle and convert drywall scraps into Drywall Waste Blocks (DWB) using a patent-pending process. Construction companies can use these blocks for non-structural walls and a variety of other aesthetic purposes. We envision customers recycling their drywall scraps and then utilizing the blocks on their project made from the same drywall that they recycled for a local, full circle sustainability option. 

Carpet

At DTG Recycle’s material recovery facilities, most carpet is made from Nylon 6 or Nylon 66, and PET , or Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is a type of polyester fiber used to manufacture many carpets today because of its low cost. It is made from PET chips derived from recycled plastic containers and bottles. We use a device that shoots a beam of light into the materials and can designate which type of material the carpet is made from. Nylon 6 and 66 are sorted and baled and shipped to vendors to shave and make new Nylon products or carpets. PET carpet, having been recycled previously from bottles, is shredded and used as an absorbent material at stormwater decant and petroleum reclaiming facilities. 

employee scanning rolls of carpet
employee scanning rolls of carpet

Carpet

At DTG Recycle’s material recovery facilities, most carpet is made from Nylon 6 or Nylon 66, and PET , or Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is a type of polyester fiber used to manufacture many carpets today because of its low cost. It is made from PET chips derived from recycled plastic containers and bottles. We use a device that shoots a beam of light into the materials and can designate which type of material the carpet is made from. Nylon 6 and 66 are sorted and baled and shipped to vendors to shave and make new Nylon products or carpets. PET carpet, having been recycled previously from bottles, is shredded and used as an absorbent material at stormwater decant and petroleum reclaiming facilities. 

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Mattresses

We can recycle over 90% of a mattress at DTG Recycle. They are disassembled and sorted by hand,  processing anywhere from 60-90 mattresses per day. The wood frames are mixed in with our Hog Fuel, the metal springs with our scrap metal, and the foam is baled and shipped to vendors to use in their manufacturing process of new products. We accept all types of mattresses and box springs for a per-item charge.

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Mattresses

We can recycle over 90% of a mattress at DTG Recycle. They are disassembled and sorted by hand,  processing anywhere from 60-90 mattresses per day. The wood frames are mixed in with our Hog Fuel, the metal springs with our scrap metal, and the foam is baled and shipped to vendors to use in their manufacturing process of new products. We accept all types of mattresses and box springs for a per-item charge.

Petroleum Contaminated Soil

PCS, or Petroleum Contaminated Soils, are accepted at our Yakima facility. A pre-approval letter from the Yakima Health District is required before unloading PCS at this facility. This soil must be kept separate from any other materials and may consist of soil contaminated with diesel fuel, heavy oil, gasoline, or mineral oil. We are happy to assist you with questions on this; please contact our Yakima facility directly at 509-965-3621.

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close-up photo of soil

Petroleum Contaminated Soil

PCS, or Petroleum Contaminated Soils, are accepted at our Yakima facility. A pre-approval letter from the Yakima Health District is required before unloading PCS at this facility. This soil must be kept separate from any other materials and may consist of soil contaminated with diesel fuel, heavy oil, gasoline, or mineral oil. We are happy to assist you with questions on this; please contact our Yakima facility directly at 509-965-3621.

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Asphalt/Concrete

Asphalt and concrete are crushed and screened and are an alternative to crushed rock products in residential and commercial applications. Typical uses include road bases, driveways, parking lots, site stabilization, and backfill material. Purchasing these materials saves on construction costs and diverts the material from the landfill.

broken pieces of asphalt and concrete

Asphalt/Concrete

Asphalt and concrete are crushed and screened and are an alternative to crushed rock products in residential and commercial applications. Typical uses include road bases, driveways, parking lots, site stabilization, and backfill material. Purchasing these materials saves on construction costs and diverts the material from the landfill.