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Titan Florida earns TRUE platinum zero waste certification

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Titan Florida’s plant in Medley (known as Pennsuco) is the first cement plant in the world to earn the highest level of certification possible under the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) rating system for zero waste. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), TRUE helps facilities around the world define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals while becoming more resource efficient.

“Titan Florida recognises that by pursuing zero waste they are helping build a sustainable future for all,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, US Green Building Council and GBCI. “Waste impacts all facets of a business. Changing the way we use resources delivers public health benefits, reduces our environmental impact and advances a greener economy.”

Facilities achieve TRUE certification by meeting programme requirements and accruing credits on a scorecard. Each site is then audited and must submit annual diversion data that demonstrates continuous compliance to achieve certification at four possible levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

To achieve the most rigorous level of certification, TRUE Platinum certification, the Pennsuco Complex accrued additional credits for beginning programmes like: repurposing used office supplies and materials, grass recycling/mulching, composting, and Xeriscaping, the process of landscaping that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation, among other major initiatives.

For example, as part of the credit for waste reporting, the Pennsuco Complex became an active participant in the US EPA Waste Wise Programme, where diversion data is submitted to the EPA annually and goals are set for the following year. For its purchasing credit, Pennsuco adopted an Environmentally Preferred Purchasing guideline that is authorised by employees and management and applied to suppliers of the cement campus. All told, the Pennsuco Complex diverted approximately 97% of its waste from the landfill and incineration last year.

“It’s not just about receiving an award; being zero waste is about considering how we can minimise our impacts so future generations have the opportunity to live in a sustainable environment,” says Allyson Tombesi, Environmental Engineer at Titan Florida, who led the zero-waste recertification. “The programme was created with a goal to encourage our employees to lead a zero-waste lifestyle at both the plant and at home. Through programme participation, we hope to inspire our employees, and our industry to take action that benefits the future of our planet.”

“Clearly, Titan has a corporate commitment to zero waste,” says William Kissel, Director of Environment & Land, Titan Florida. “Earlier this year, Titan’s sister plant in the US, Roanoke Cement Company, earned similar certification as Pennsuco, becoming the world’s second cement plant to earn TRUE Gold Zero Waste certification. Now, Pennsuco sets the bar higher by achieving TRUE Platinum certification. Titan America continues to be recognised as an industry leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship.”

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