TRURO – The Lafarge cement plant in Pleasant Valley, near Brookfield, will be honoured Wednesday at the Mobius Awards of Environmental Excellence luncheon in Halifax.
The RRFB has named its Mobius award recipients.
The plant has been 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.
Other Mobius award recipients include Gabrieau’s Bistro in Antigonish (Small Business of the Year); Halifax Stanfield International Airport (Institution 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 BBQ (Best Community-Based Project).
The awards ceremony is open to the public and gets underway on Wednesday at 11:30 with registration. Award presentations begin at noon at Pier 21, Halifax, in the Kenneth C. Rowe Heritage Hall. Admission is a donation Habitat for Humanity (suggested donation: $20). RSVP is required: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1-877-313-RRFB (7732) or fax 902-897-3256
Amy Smith, co-host of CBC News Nova Scotia, will emcee the event and award-winning environmental writer and broadcaster Gill Deacon as the keynote speaker.
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.
RRFB Nova Scotia manages a network of independently owned Enviro-Depots in more than 80 locations throughout the province, and works in partnership with Nova Scotia Environment, the 54 municipalities across the province, industry and academia.