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Thursday, August 10th, 2023
At US Aggregates, sustainability is at the forefront of everything we do. This is why we are constantly finding new ways to improve our industry and our world. With help from Envita Solutions, we are able to work towards our goal of becoming a zero-landfill operation.
This year, several of our plants took part in a large-scale scrap metal recycling project. Metal products, such as steel, are some of the best materials to recycle because the structural components take longer to break down than others. This means that these materials can be recycled over and over again without weakening their overall strength and durability.
To date, 85% of all unusable materials have been recycled across all US Agg plants, saving 2,047,727 pounds of materials such as scrap metal and scrap steel from being taken to a landfill. Each plant sends their recyclable items to local recycling companies, who will then give new life to these materials.
Below are some highlights of what our plants were able to recycle:
DELPHI, IN: Plant Manager Putter Hahn and his team at Delphi recycled 674,070 lbs. of scrap metal. The items recycled included conveyor frames, crusher platforms, bins, tanks, mobile equipment, and boats that we no longer use at the plant.
COLUMBUS, IN: Led by Plant Manager Steve Kistler, Columbus recycled 747,880 lbs. of old mobile equipment and assorted steel from plant projects. Additionally, Columbus added a “Metal Only” dumpster in the plant’s maintenance shop. This makes it easier and more convenient for all workers to recycle metal scraps from their projects rather than tossing them in the garbage. Over time, every small piece of metal and steel placed in the dumpster adds up to a nice recycling check for the site.
CLOVERDALE, IN: Plant Manager Rachel Lockhart and her team at Deer Creek recycled 132,540 lbs. of old plant equipment, tanks, mobile equipment, conveyor belts, tires, and motors. They also participated in a copper reclamation project.
Madeline Freeman, Chase Akins, and Laurie Webb contributed to this article