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Lafarge US volunteers take part in river cleanup project

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Around 30 Lafarge North America employees volunteered for a Living Lands and Waters river cleanup project on the Des Plains River in Channahon, IL, close to the Lafarge US Joliet Quarry. The volunteers from the Lafarge US corporate office and its West Aggregates operations collected approximately 2010 pounds of rubbish, including seven tyres and a bowling ball.

“Last week’s volunteer efforts were a wonderful way for our employees to help clean up the environment we work in and improve the lives of our neighbours,” said Craig Campbell, Vice President – Public Affairs, Environment and Land at Lafarge US. “Lafarge US is eager to continue our work with this and other environmental and community organisations around the country to help build better cities and communities.”

“Thank you to Living Lands and Waters and their CEO, Chad Pregracke for helping to organise this opportunity to give back to our community,” added Matthew Dantinne, Product Line General Manager, Lafarge US – West Aggregates. “We all take pride in our community, and it’s wonderful to have the chance to come together as a team to clean and protect our environment.”

Living Lands and Waters is a non-profit environmental organisation that seeks to protect, preserve and restore North America’s major rivers and their watersheds, working with volunteers to promote awareness and encourage communities to take responsibility for a cleaner river environment.

This summer, Lafarge US and its employees also donated US$20 000 to the organisation as part of its commitment to ‘Building Better Cities’ and volunteer projects. The building materials giant has worked with Living Lands and Waters since 2003, as both a corporate sponsor and on local cleanup projects. Further events this year include the Paducah Marine Challenge and Ohio River cleanup, as well as a project in New Orleans.

“Environmental stewardship is everyone’s responsibility, and these types of projects are essential to our conservation efforts,” said Pregracke. “The work we do with Lafarge, and other volunteers, supports the community and helps us improve our nation’s waterways.”

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