Dufferin Concrete wins inaugural award for leadership in sustainable and green construction practices

Enviroguard system on Dufferin Concrete's ready-mix fleet diverted nearly 4 million liters of wastewater from being released into the environment

TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - Dufferin Concrete, a division of Holcim (Canada) Inc., is honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural award from the Ontario Road Builders Association (ORBA) that recognizes environmental leadership and sustainable construction practices after the company equipped its fleet of more than 400 ready-mix trucks with the Enviroguard system.  The 2010 ORBA Green Leadership and Sustainability Award was presented to Dufferin Concrete on Earth Day by ORBA, in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA).

"Sustainability and environmental stewardship are mindsets that are prevalent throughout the entire Holcim organization," said Nick Caccavella, Holcim Canada's Senior Vice President for Ontario and Western Canada. "Winning this prestigious award is a perfect example of how we continue to raise the benchmark for environmental performance in the Canadian building materials and construction industries. To this very day, Dufferin Concrete is the first and the only ready-mix concrete company in Ontario to have its entire ready-mix concrete fleet equipped with Enviroguard."

Enviroguard is a self-contained ready-mix truck chute wash-out system that addresses the industry-wide environmental issue of properly disposing of chute wash water in a safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly way.

This innovative solution works in a simple and effective manner where the ready-mix truck driver simply attaches a bucket to the end of the chute so when he hoses down the chute the waste water collects in the bucket, along with unused sand, aggregates and cementitious materials, all of which is recycled. This closed system provides an environmentally responsive and economical recycling solution for materials and water that might otherwise be dumped at a job site.

In 2010, Enviroguard helped Dufferin Concrete eliminate nearly four million liters of concrete chute wash water from being released into the environment.

"We are always working to leave a smaller environmental footprint. This includes continually investing in innovation, emission reduction, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and social commitment," added Caccavella. "Our commitment to sustainability is recognized at various local and global levels. Globally, Holcim has been recognized as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and categorized as a leading company in sustainability worldwide across industries. Also, the International Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, founded in 2003, recognize and celebrate sustainable construction projects that harmonize ecological, social and economic concerns."

About Holcim Canada
Holcim (Canada) Inc. is one of the country's largest vertically integrated building materials and construction companies. With 3,000 employees, Holcim Canada manufactures cement, aggregates and ready-mix concrete and provides construction services to many of Canada's largest infrastructure projects. It has a portfolio of brands, including Dufferin in Ontario and Demix in Quebec.

Holcim Canada is a member of Holcim Group, a Swiss-based multinational with operations in more than 70 countries worldwide. A leading global brand, Holcim is recognized for its long-term financial performance, its environmental leadership, corporate social responsibility and sustainable construction.


SOURCE Holcim Canada Inc.

For further information:

Doug Maybee, Holcim Canada, at 905-532-3227 or doug.maybee@holcim.com

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