The bulk of Downtown Plaza isn’t really gone. It’s just been recycled.
The Sacramento Kings said Thursday that they’ve been able to recycle 98 percent of the rubble that resulted when they tore down much of Downtown Plaza to make way for the new arena.
That amounts to nearly 101,000 tons of concrete, metal and other materials. According to the team, the tonnage is roughly equivalent to two Titanics.
State environmental law required the team to recycle at least 50 percent of the material. The team set its own goal of 75 percent.
“We’re thrilled that nearly all of the Downtown Plaza has been recycled and will find new life in projects throughout Sacramento,” team President Chris Granger said in a prepared statement.
Three Sacramento contractors, Teichert, Bell Marine and Crete Crush, turned almost 88,000 tons of concrete into aggregate. Some of the aggregate went into the foundation for the new arena. The 6,500 tons of metal were recycled by Schnitzer Steel of Portland, Ore., and Oakland-based CASS. Recology of Vacaville and L&D Landfill of Sacramento handled the wood and other materials.
Demolition on the eastern half of the mall began last August. The $477 million project went “vertical” three weeks ago, when the first beams were placed in the ground at what will become the Kings’ practice facility. The arena is due to open in October 2016.