Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DEP Celebrates Reuse Of Brownfield Site By AeroAggregates In Delaware County

Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell Wednesday visited AeroAggregates, LLC in Eddystone, Delaware County to tour the remediated brownfield site and celebrate the company’s commitment to recycling innovation.
“Recycling is more than sorting cans and cardboard, it’s a practice woven into the fabric of our economy and into the behaviors of our citizens,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. ”Furthermore, the facility is on a former brownfield site – a site that has itself been recycled into a usable area. The Brownfields program is the ultimate recycling program – every brownfield that is put back into productive use means that there is an untouched green space that isn’t developed.”
A 2018 recipient of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, AeroAggregates is the first vertically-integrated, U.S.-based company to produce ultra-lightweight construction material from 100 percent recycled glass of mixed color.
The final product is a pumice-like stone that can be used in a variety of construction projects.
At its current facility, AeroAggregates has the capacity to use over 13,000 tons of recycled glass per year, almost all of which comes from surrounding communities.
AeroAggregates uses the equivalent of roughly 55 million glass bottles annually to produce the lightweight materials for road and building projects. The material is light enough to reduce construction vehicle traffic from five trucks to one because the weight is so dramatically reduced.
The AeroAggregates Eddystone facility sits atop the location of the former Baldwin Locomotive site, a 10-acre former brownfield site in Delaware County.
For more information on brownfields reuse, visit DEP’s Brownfields Redevelopment webpage.
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