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New Mexico Lab Recycles Metal from Torn-Down Buildings

Demolition projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory have recovered more than 136 tons of metal to recycle since work began last year.

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Demolition projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory have recovered more than 136 tons of metal to recycle since work began last year.
 
Lab spokesman Fred deSousa says the bulk of the metal - 106 tons - came from a 22,000-square-foot building demolished in December.
 
Recycled metal includes copper piping, steel rebar and beams and sheet metal from duct work.
 
DeSousa says a 1,000-pound diesel generator will be shipped to a hospital in North Dakota through the lab's salvage program.
 
The head of Los Alamos lab's demolition program, Al Chaloupka, says recycling reduces costs and cuts the amount of waste going into landfills.
 
Department of Energy regulations allow only metal from uncontaminated, nonradiological buildings to be recycled.
 
Los Alamos plans to demolish 21 Cold War-era buildings using stimulus funds.
 
Source: The Associated Press.