Philadelphia, PA – Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell joined officials from Pennsylvania-based company AeroAggregates, the City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC), and the Philadelphia Navy Yard
today at an event to celebrate the first North American use of a
construction material the company manufactures out of glass collected
and recycled in state.
Reconstruction and elevation of part of Langley Avenue near the Navy
Yard included use of an ultra-lightweight foamed glass AeroAggregates
produced out of 100 percent postconsumer mixed glass.
“The glass used in this construction project is primarily collected and
recycled in Philadelphia,” said Secretary McDonnell. “Its reuse right
here in the city, through innovative manufacturing by a locally owned
and operated company and cross-sector collaboration, is a model example
of the winning partnerships between the Wolf administration, local
governments, and the private sector.”
The RMC provided technical assistance to Aero to ensure the glass
aggregate has no detectable level of crystalline silica. The RMC, which
works to reduce or eliminate barriers to markets development for
Pennsylvania's recycled materials, is funded in part via DEP from the
$2/ton recycling fee paid by waste and landfill companies under Act 101.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in coordination with the
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, is investing $3.7 million
in state highway funds in the Langley Avenue project.
The DEP Recycling Program
supports municipalities and businesses statewide with technical
expertise and funding for recycling. In 2014, Pennsylvania recycled more
than 20 million tons of materials, equating to the removal of more than
15.9 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the air.
Aero’s use of mixed glass to form the construction material eliminates
the biggest challenge in glass recycling--sorting by size, color, or
type. The material’s light weight makes it ideal for reducing the load
on the ground and on underground utilities.
Archie Filshill, CEO of AeroAggregates, noted the company’s product is
also being used in a ramp construction project on I-95 at Cottman Avenue
that broke ground today.
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