16 October 2021

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Ever-Expanding

As Cassinelli Landscaping & Construction expands their services, they’ve also expanded their views on managing their waste in ways that benefits their company

Cassinelli Landscaping & Construction first got its beginnings in 1975 by installing tract sprinklers in Carson City, Nevada. As the years progressed, the company soon expanded into working in the commercial market, installing landscape areas for convenience stores, grocery stores, and fast-food restaurants. In 2021, the company has since moved from Carson City to Dayton. The company is known for its quality workmanship, its use of quality materials, and its well-rounded business in the outdoor living/general contractor industry serving the Carson City, Dayton, and Tahoe area.

With various services such as, but not limited to, excavating, masonry, commercial landscape maintenance, irrigation system design, and installation available to old and new customers, the company does obtain plenty of waste material. Specifically when they tear out and replace concrete driveways. With the concrete they come in contact with, they’ve typically resorted to using one method: bringing in trucks and paying the fees to have material transported and dumped. John Cassinelli, the President and CEO of the company, told us of their other option, one where they sent the material to “a local recycler, which is also expensive, and then [they] would have to truck the base material back into the site.” While these two methods worked for them in the past, it became an expensive process with rising costs of material and services.

In 2019, John Cassinelli attended World of Concrete in Las Vegas and went to MB Crusher’s booth, interested in the demo. There, he watched one of our crushers, specifically the BF90.3, process large pieces of concrete and turn them into fine aggregates. Cassinelli was amazed at how efficiently the crusher bucket turned the large amounts of material into material small enough to use as a sub-base.

After chatting with an MB Crusher’s sales team member, he learned more about the crushers, and the unit most compatible with his CAT skid steer was the MB-L120 crusher bucket. Cassinelli saw how the company could eliminate those expensive fees with the crusher bucket by taking the waste material that they did obtain and reuse it rather than throwing it away. He didn’t purchase the crusher that day but instead opted for coming to Reno once the show ended to see the unit and move forward with the purchase.


Fast forward to April 2021, we decided to visit Cassinelli Landscaping & Construction on one of their job sites in Dayton to ask them how the bucket has been treating him and his company. Over the past two years, Cassinelli told us that he’d used the bucket to crush the concrete they’ve obtained from tearing out driveways. Thanks to the crusher, it helps “keep rubble from going into local landfills,” which then transfers to reducing their trips “back and forth” from their job site. Since they’ve minimized these trips, they’ve seen savings “on fuel, landfill fees, [and] new base purchase.”

Changing their operations to include a crusher bucket has saved the company a lot of money. “For a project,” Cassinelli says, “[they’re] saving anywhere from 30-40% on overall costs […] by using the bucket.” While he’s answering our questions, the crusher bucket is still hard at work behind him. At the moment, they’re using a mini-excavator to scoop up the concrete and feed it directly into the crusher, creating a sub-base that they’ll be using to replace the concrete driveways that they’ve torn out. “The base that [the operator] is making right now is comparable to type 2 base material,” and the material that they create lets them use it as a “compacted subgrade for concrete slabs, pavers, driveway topping, or […] asphalt.” Overall, the material they are creating has been a good base for their projects and has sped up the operations on their job sites.

With such a glowing review of the MB-L120 crusher bucket, we asked Cassinelli if they had plans to include a larger crusher to help them tackle more significant jobs. But, he said that a larger crusher might be something they consider as their company continues to expand and grow. They are looking at a unit from our MB-HDS shafts screener line to keep in line with the company’s plans to repurpose and reuse green waste. With the MB-HDS unit, they would take whatever green waste they obtain from their projects and turn it into compost. However, they’ll continue to use their crusher bucket to create a solid base out of concrete!

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