Cement Association of Canada

Cement Association of Canada

May 26, 2006 17:21 ET

Cement Association of Canada Announces Lafarge Canada, Inc. Plant Receives Land Stewardship Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 26, 2006) - The Ontario Region of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is proud to announce that the Lafarge Canada Inc. cement plant in Bath, Ontario, received the Land Stewardship Award from the US Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine as part of the 2005 Cement Industry Environmental Awards which recognizes continuous environmental improvement. This North American award was presented at PCA's Spring Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, April 2006.

The Land Stewardship Award recognizes a company's efforts to protect and enhance the land surrounding their facility through landscaping, species protection, and remediation and rehabilitation of quarries, wetlands, and other features. At the Bath plant, Lafarge transformed part of its property into a spot that nurtures the area's wildlife with a seed mix that grows wildflowers, attracts pollinating insects, and feeds deer, turkey, and other wildlife. Working under the Wildlife Habitat Council certification process and with Ducks Unlimited and other organizations, Lafarge also installed multiple nesting boxes and plants around a pond to support bird, fish, and other amphibian and mammal species. The plant is converting an old quarry into a children's outdoor learning center that includes trails, a pond, and a fossil hunting area.

This is one example of the leadership the Canadian cement industry is taking to promote the environment and sustainable development through continuous improvements in responsible business practices. The Canadian Cement Industry is committed to sustainable development and recently released its first cement industry sustainability report that reports on progress related to local land and community impacts, emissions monitoring and reporting, climate change and responsible use of fuels and raw materials that would otherwise be destined for landfill.

For example, one of the materials recycled in the Bath plant is silica which comes, for example, from facilities producing shampoos, lotions, and caulking and replaces quarried sand. The unique operating conditions afforded by the cement kiln at Bath allow Lafarge to use materials that may not be recyclable by any other means and would otherwise fill up landfills. This government approved and regulated recycling process allows the company to become part of the recycling stewardship chain for many industries. In fact, Lafarge recycles more than 2 million tonnes of non-recyclable raw materials every year in Ontario.

The Ontario Region of the Cement Association of Canada applauds Lafarge's efforts to promote sustainability and congratulates the company on receiving the Land Stewardship Award.

About the Land Stewardship Award

The Portland Cement Association Environmental Awards honor individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action. These plants go beyond government regulations and local laws to ensure that their processes contributed to making their communities better places to live and work.

Judges for the awards represent independent groups such as PCA, Cement Americas magazine, the Cement Association of Canada, World Resources Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund.

About the Wildlife Habitat Council

The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit, non-lobbying group of corporations, conservation organizations and individuals dedicated to restoring and enhancing wildlife habitat. Created in 1988, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife. More than 2
million acres in Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, and 16 other countries are managed for wildlife through WHC-assisted projects.

About the Cement Association of Canada

The Cement Association of Canada is the voice of Canada's cement industry, representing 100% of Canada's cement producers. The Association's mission is to expand the effective use of cement and concrete in Canada, thereby contributing to the country's competitiveness and Canadians' quality of life.

Contact Information

  • Cement Association of Canada
    Wayne Dawson
    Vice-President, Ontario Region
    (416) 449-3708 ext. 232
    wdawson@cement.ca
    Information is also available at our website: www.cement.ca