June 2012

Glass and ash into cash

(Bozeman Daily Chronicle 5-24-2012) Sustainable concrete company might start glass recycling program in Bozeman this summer. One local business expects to start collecting glass around Bozeman this summer — but not as a recycling service. 

San Francisco 49ers Buy Low-CO2 Concrete for New Stadium

(Environmental Leader 5-22-2012)   Central Concrete, a US Concrete company, will supply about 80,000 cubic yards of its low-CO2 concrete for the new San Francisco 49ers stadium, the company said.

Henderson entrepreneur recognized for GreenStone building product

(Las Vegas Review Journal 5-19-2012) Tourists, drink up. Scott McCombs needs your empty bottles. He has things to build. McCombs, founder of Henderson-based Realm of Design, recycles glass bottles into a building product called GreenStone, which he used in building his own 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 1188 Center Point Drive.

Rochester businessman adding plastics to green movement

(Post-Bulletin 5-18-2012)    P.J. Schmitt has a very green and novel vision of the future of plastics. "Imagine taking trash that would go into a landfill and make it a reusable commodity that could be made into a wide variety of products," says Schmitt, a building contractor and self-taught plastics engineer. The Rochester native recently formed Envirolastech Inc. in Rochester with local friends to try to do just that.

Hall County considering fly ash for road projects

(The Independent 6-2-2012) Fly ash -- a very light, talcum-powder-like tan dust left over from burning coal in a power plant -- may be the next best thing for Hall County roads. Hall County Public Works Director Casey Sherlock and county engineer Steve Riehle are looking at ways to upgrade gravel and failing asphalt county roads with fly ash.  "When you mix it with sand, road dirt materials, ground up asphalt -- fly ash becomes a binder and you wet it down and it turns into cement," Sherlock said.