TRURO - The Lafarge cement plant in Pleasant Valley, near Brookfield, was honoured on Wednesday at the RRFB Nova Scotia Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence luncheon in Halifax.
The Lafarge cement plant in Pleasant Valey was the recipient of the Large Business of the Year award on Wednesday at the RRFB Nova Scotia Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence luncheon in Halifax.
The plant was named large business of the year for helping make Nova Scotia a leader in waste reduction.
Lafarge is a leader in the construction industry for its high quality cement, but it also boasts impressive numbers when it comes to diverting waste from landfills.
The plant has developed a new product called MaxCem, using a by-product of steel manufacturing that otherwise would have been destined for a landfill.
This also prevented the emission of 18,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide, saved 2,500 tonnes of coal from being needed for fuel, and through the use of recycled asphalt shingles, diverted the equivalent of 8,000 tonnes of shingles from landfills.
Lafarge management and staff are working to find business savvy ways to make the construction industry more environmentally sustainable.
Meanwhile, George Johnston of Johnston's Trucking and Depackaging in Truro, earned honourable mention for Institution of the Year honours. Halifax Stanfield International Airport won the category.
Until Johnston's came up with a service to address depackaging of waste dairy products, removal and management of this kind of waste was a problem.
Waste dairy products can be a feed source for farms and incorporated into compost piles, but it has to be handled properly. In just one year, Johnston's business has been able to keep 482,600 gallons of dairy waste product out of landfills. This initiative is good for the environment and the economy and has created new jobs in the region.
October 20 to 26 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada.
RRFB Nova Scotia (Resource Recovery Fund Board Inc.) is a not-for-profit corporation working in partnership with Nova Scotians to improve the province's environment, economy and quality of life by reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering resources.
MOBIUS AWARD RECIPIENTS
- Lafarge cement plant, Brookfield - Large Business of the Year.
- Halifax Stanfield International Airport - Institution of the Year.
- Gabrieau's Bistro, Antigonish - Small Business of the Year.
- LP Consulting and Halifax C&D Recycling Limited, Newport/Halifax - Innovation in Waste Reduction.
- Pictou County Quick Service Restaurants - Waste Reduction Education Program.
- Tracey Frazier of Bridgetown - Individual Excellence in Waste Reduction.
- Region 7 Waste Check, Digby/Yarmouth - Region of the Year.
- King Street Recycling Depot, Shelburne - ENVIRO-DEPOT of the Year.
- East Richmond Education Centre, St. Peter's - School of the Year.
- Scotsburn pork chop barbecue - Best Community-Based Project.