Founding Member Spotlight
When Circular Philadelphia launched in June 2021, Revolution Recovery signed on as the organization’s first founding member. As a construction and demolition material recycling company with operations in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley and Delaware, Revolution Recovery is advancing circularity in the built environment throughout the region. In addition to this core mission of diverting materials from landfill, they are also a leader in spurring conversation on the nature of waste and how we interact with the materials we use through their Recycled Artist in Residency (RAIR) program.
Why did you become a founding member?
As a recycling company, we are a natural part of the material loop but there are a lot of other stakeholders at play and conditions that must be aligned to have a functioning circular economy. When Circular Philadelphia was established with the goal of bridging communication gaps and solving system flaws, we were all in. Recyclers won’t be able to fix things on their own; a forum like this is critical to make progress together.
What does a circular economy mean to your organization?
Circularity is simple in concept and complex to execute. Striving for a circular economy is a strive for efficiency, which is a generally good business practice. If one company’s waste can be turned into a feedstock for another business, that’s a collective win.
How is your organization practicing circularity?
Keeping building materials out of landfills is our core mission. Higher recovery rates are better for our environment, our team morale, and our bottom line. We are always working to diversify outlets for materials we already recover and looking for recycling solutions for materials that we cannot. We aim to build a culture where we can be creative and innovative, especially when things get challenging.
How can others advance the circular economy?
Our individual buying and disposal habits contribute to the circular economy every day, whether in a positive or negative way. Being open to learning about our impact and making changes where possible all helps to move the needle.