"Destiny USA's pledge is the first of what we hope will be many similar commitments to use recycled industrial materials and promote other environmentally sustainable practices in major construction projects," said Susan Bodine, assistant administrator of the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. "Increasing the use of recycled materials preserves our natural resources, protects the environment, conserves energy, and saves money."
As part of its agreement with EPA, Destiny USA has agreed to:
EPA is asking developers nationwide to expand their use of recycled industrial materials including coal combustion products, foundry sand, and construction and demolition debris. Instead of disposing of these materials, they can be used to make products like concrete, wallboard, steel beams, and asphalt. Each year, U.S. businesses generate more than half a billion tons of industrial waste, which, in some cases, can be recycled and used as valuable resources.
For more information on EPA's Industrial Materials Recycling program, visit www.epa.gov/epaoswer/osw/conserve/priorities/bene-use.htm.
Publication date: 10/09/2006