Asset recycling is the process of recovering value from used or damaged assets. This can be done by selling the asset for scrap, refurbishing it for resale, or recycling it into new products. 

O’ROURKE is an asset recovery leader that gives clients the opportunity to capitalize on a site’s unused or end-of-life assets through recycling, reclamation, reuse or resale. Many facilities often contain a wealth of materials within their walls, such as metal, equipment and machinery that our specialists can salvage, allowing you to turn the untapped resources into positive capital. 

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During a demolition, businesses may profit by utilizing asset recovery and recycling services. To help firms maximize their profits during a shutdown, O’Rourke Wrecking Company provides comprehensive asset recovery and recycling services. To improve the effectiveness and profitability of ongoing operations, dismantling, facility closures, and selective demolition are just a few of the services offered. 

The Importance of Asset Recovery in Demolition  

Debris produced from construction and demolition projects makes up to 40 percent of the landfill stream in the U.S., amounting to millions of tons of trash annually. Every time a building is demolished and replaced with a more energy efficient building, it takes about 50 years to recover the project’s environmental impact, directly affecting future generations. As natural resources dwindle and materials become more expensive to produce, reusing and recycling becomes an important component to reducing costs, limiting waste and lowering carbon footprints. By using a demolition company that prioritizes green demolition, like O’ROURKE, you positively influence climate change.


Materials that O’ROURKE salvages include:


  • Metal, such as copper, aluminum and steel 
  • Pipes 
  • Flooring 
  • Bricks 
  • Structural beams 
  • Concrete 
  • Fixtures, such as sinks and lighting 
  • Generators 
  • HVAC units 
  • Manufacturing equipment 
  • Machinery 


Asset recovery isn’t just good for the environment and your project’s budget, it also furthers your green-building initiatives. Recycling and reusing building materials can help you earn coveted LEED points for credits 2, 3 and 4 under “Materials and Resources.” The specialists at O’ROURKE are happy to help you discover ways to maximize the LEED points your project may earn. 

Financial Benefits of Asset Recovery 

In addition to diverting waste from expensive landfills, some of the greatest financial advantages of asset recovery are the opportunities to sell materials and, in turn, partially or completely offset project costs. Scrap metal is a valuable item. Our precision equipment and strong magnets salvage and sort metal on-site. We’ll even buy the metal from you or help you sell it. 

Another asset that’s simple to overlook is concrete, which may be sent to landfills and incur significant costs without a second thought. O’ROURKE uses crushers to breakdown concrete into small, gravel-like pieces that you can use for embankments, roads, landscaping or pipe bedding. Because we have the ability to crush the concrete on-site, we eliminate fuel and transportation costs involved with taking the material to a processing center or landfill. 

Site remediation, an important consideration for site redevelopment, is an element that some miss in regards to asset recovery. When demolishing a structure, O’ROURKE will strategically eliminate hazardous waste from the site so the only thing left is clean, flat dirt—a project’s most important asset. Failing to consider hazardous items not only poses a danger to the public, but can also result in hefty fines and an expensive cleanup. 

The O’ROURKE Difference 

Every project at O’ROURKE begins with a custom demolition plan that includes asset recovery to identify salvageable materials throughout the structure. This plan helps eliminate waste and includes components such as the estimated market value of salvaged materials, legal considerations, historical requirements and safe decommissioning options. Our specialists use their knowledge and skills to extract the maximum value from your site. Thanks to our expertise and connections, we’ll gladly purchase and market reusable processing materials and manufacturing equipment on your behalf, making the process simple and profitable. 

Not all demolition contractors are equal in regards to asset recovery. The best combine experience, expertise and the right equipment to demolish a structure without compromising the value of the materials within its walls. Clients use O’ROURKE to recover the most out of their demolition projects.  

We are experts at helping you recover and recycle valuable assets. 

O’Rourke Wrecking Company is a full asset recovery and recycling company that can help you maximize your profits. We offer a complete suite of services to ensure that every last piece of valuable equipment is recovered and put back into use.  

We have the experience and expertise to handle any job, from commercial projects to large scale industrial jobs.   

Get in touch with one of our specialists today to request a consultation to learn more about the wealth of materials within your structure and help you increase your profitability. 

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