B&B Excavating Increases Sustainability; Raises Bar for Environmentally Responsible Business Practices

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B&B Excavating, one of western Colorado's leading producers of sand, rock, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and paving, realized significant reduction in their environmental impact in 2011 through a series of responsible business practices implemented three years ago. As a result of these improvements, the company reduced material sent to the landfill by 40,000 tons and saved 235 tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to planting 940 acres of trees in 2011 alone.

B&B Excavating, one of five companies that make up Oldcastle Materials Southwest Group, Inc. and one of western Colorado’s leading producers of sand, rock, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and paving, set a goal three years ago to reduce its environmental footprint. The company designated a plan of action at its Montgomery operation site in Eagle, Colo., that included 13 goals, action steps and desired results.

Improvements made by B&B Excavating to increase its sustainability include the following:

  • Developing recycled asphalt pavement capabilities and a recycle program to reduce energy, oil and material sent to the landfill
  • Paving haul roads to reduce dust
  • Upgrading fleet equipment so more tons can be hauled with less fuel
  • Upgrading asphalt plant with double drum
  • Switching to natural gas, eliminating diesel generated electric power
  • Developing warm-mix and ECO mix asphalt capabilities at the asphalt plant

In 2011, the company increased its recycled asphalt use by 11-percent and warm mix asphalt use increased by 148-percent. Approval for the use of ECO mix on state projects has helped drive the increase in recycled and warm mix asphalt use.

As a result of these improvements, B&B Excavating reduced material sent to the landfill by 40,000 tons and saved 235 tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to planting 940 acres of trees in 2011 alone. The increased use of warm mix and recycled asphalt also reduced emissions and conserved asphalt binder, eliminating additional truck traffic and fuel.

Eagle County Health Department Director Ray Merry applauds B&B Excavating for incorporating environmental sustainability into its day-to-day operations. “B&B has gone above and beyond our environmental compliance requirements. We challenge every business to follow B&B’s lead to operate more sustainably.” Merry also noted B&B Excavating’s participation in the Eagle County Air Quality Forum. The company has actively participated in the forum since Eagle County created it in 2006.
Oldcastle Materials is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, asphalt, ready mix concrete and paving services in the United States. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., the company has 1,200 locations in 44 states and employs approximately 18,000 people. Oldcastle Materials operates under Oldcastle Inc., the North American arm of international building materials group CRH plc based in Dublin, Ireland, with locations in 35 countries. Find more information at http://www.oldcastlematerials.com, http://www.oldcastle.com and http://www.crh.com.

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