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Vancouver’s Earle Creek Aggregates Hits President’s Award

On Oct.3 2016 Earle Creek Aggregates received the President’s award for achieving 200,000 hours without a medical aid or lost time accident. This achievement was recognized with an award presented on site by Greater Vancouver management and health and safety team. When asked how this milestone was achieved here is what the crew had to say:

We achieved this milestone not alone, but as a team.

We are committed to going beyond upholding provincial legislation and company policies and procedures; we determine priorities and focus on them.

Every member of our crew is looking out for each other; everybody goes home at the end of the day.

We’ve developed a safety culture that works, when a safety concern is brought forward, it’s dealt with, no questions asked.

Recently a platform was required to access a tough to get to maintenance area, it was built immediately, we needed a 60 tonne jack for tire changes, and it was purchased. Those are just two examples of the “See something, Do something” culture at work here.

We have a culture based on trust, we trust that our crew members will do the right thing, will fix a problem and will say “I’m not trained” or “I’m not comfortable”.

We are reminded regularly that accidents happen and can happen anywhere through toolbox talks and serious incident reviews which allows us time to slow down and think about what we are doing and how we can do it safer

Lafarge produces Aggneo with a mobile crushing plant. Photo courtesy of Lafarge.

Lafarge emphasizes quality control for recycling operation

Lafarge produces Aggneo with a mobile crushing plant. Photo courtesy of Lafarge.

Lafarge produces Aggneo with a mobile crushing plant. Photo courtesy of Lafarge.

The trademark symbol pressed against the product name is somewhat unusual. Not because the little “TM” symbol is a foreign concept, but because it’s rare to see the symbol associated with recycled aggregates.

Yet, the symbol is there next to the name “Aggneo,” a Lafarge trademark for its range of recycled aggregates that launched within the last few years. Lafarge refers to Aggneo as “a range of new generation, high-quality recycled aggregates that meets a wide array of needs for sustainable construction in the civil, industrial, commercial and residential segments.” Aggneo is produced with a mobile crushing plant for the market in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Not all recycled aggregate is created equal, of course, but the trademark calls extra attention to the Lafarge product. What makes Aggneo unique from other recycled aggregates, and how exactly is Lafarge producing these aggregates?

According to Lafarge, recycled materials are often limited to non-sensitive applications such as general fills. Aggneo, however, is being marketed as “a consistent and reliable alternative to virgin aggregates for a wider range of applications, including base for heavy traffic roads.”

Chen Mei, vice president of Greater Vancouver Aggregate at Lafarge, provided some additional insight about Aggneo. One takeaway she offered is the value of a thorough quality control program.

“The quality and consistency of the recycled material varies considerably,” Mei says. “The different batches of materials can deviate a lot. That’s the nature of the business.”

The major change Lafarge introduced is in the quality control process.

“We do an inspection at the time when the raw material is taken in and also at the time of production. We check regularly on the quality and different parameters to make sure it’s consistent. That’s the biggest difference compared with regular recycled aggregates.”

Specifically, Mei says Lafarge assigns one person to do a thorough inspection of all C&D recyclables as they are received. Deliveries arrive in one particular area of the Lafarge property, and materials that do not meet the company’s quality standard are rejected.

Other portable plant operators can surely relate. As Mei says, if producers are not consistent on the front end of production then they cannot deliver high-performing end products.

In Aggneo’s case, Mei says Lafarge isn’t simply recycling concrete and asphalt rubble. She refers to Aggneo production as “manufacturing,” an approach that sets the bar higher for recycled aggregate production.

“All material has certain limitations,” Mei says. “It’s really our aspiration to optimize our manufacturing process and to make the quality of recycled products as good as virgin aggregate in certain applications.”

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LafargeHolcim Proud to Support the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games

The BC Summer Games are British Columbia’s biennial celebration of sport and community.  Since 1978, the BC Games have taken place in 38 communities and involved over 350,000 participants and volunteers and thousands more as spectators and supporters. The purpose of the BC Games is “To provide an opportunity for the development of athletes, coaches, and officials in preparation for higher levels of competition in a multi-sport event which promotes interest and participation in sport and sporting activities, individual achievement and community development.”

Back in April, 2016 our LafargeHolcim GVA Aggregates division was approached by Janet Barrie, Director of the Abbotsford 2016 BC Summer Games. Janet Barrie and Guy Martin, Manager of Horticulture & Turf at the City of Abbotsford were looking for help with materials for their Volleyball Courts. LafargeHolcim was proud to support these Games and donate 800 tonnes of our Volleyball Sand to help put the finishing touches on the Volleyball Courts. LafargeHolcim was recognized as a Platinum Sponsor at this event and were very proud to support these games and the community of Abbotsford.

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Lafarge Volunteers Install Fencing for the Upcoming Toadlet Migration

On Wednesday June 15th Lafarge volunteers once again made their way out to Chilliwack to volunteer with the Fraser Valley Conservancy. Just as they did last year, Lafarge GVA employees aided in the installation of temporary directional fencing for the upcoming toadlet migration. The toadlets will now be able to travel safely from woodlands to wetlands thanks to the directional fencing and the amphibian tunnel crossing that was generously provided by Lafarge last year. Read more

Official launch of Aggneo™

On May 11, 2016, Lafarge marked the official launch of Aggneo™— a new range of high standard recycled aggregates in the Vancouver market.

Aggneo is an end-of-life processing technique that takes concrete and asphalt rubble generated by local construction activities and provides the industry with a high quality, reliable alternative to virgin aggregates. Available at our select urban quarries, our customers are provided a convenient, local outlet for both material sourcing and waste disposal. The offer is premised on three key criteria of guaranteed quality, engineered performance, environmental stewardship.

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Lafarge Volunteers Lights The House – Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

On December 2nd and 4th our Lafarge volunteers helped out at the Vancouver and Abbotsford Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s, “Light the House” events. “We had a great team that helped with event set up, tear down and assisted with all aspects of this annual Christmas event for families” – Kim Keevil, Development Coordinator Community and Corporate Partnerships. Read more

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Coastal Painted Turtle Project Rebuilds Burnaby Lake Nesting Beach

Lafarge partners with Project team, GVRD, and Burnaby Lake Park Association

Coquitlam, BC – Lafarge Canada Inc. is proud to be working to protect coastal populations of western painted turtles which are listed as endangered federally and red-listed provincially. They are the only remaining native freshwater turtle in British Columbia. This week Lafarge volunteers worked alongside the Coastal Painted Turtle Project (CPTP) team members to reconstruct the turtle nesting beach at Burnaby Lake Park in Burnaby, BC in hopes of sustaining their population indefinitely. “Lafarge has been supporting the CPTP for a number of years, helping with projects on the Sunshine Coast and South Coast of BC. We are very grateful that Lafarge donates nesting beach sand, transports it and provides volunteers to help place it at breeding sites.” comments Deanna MacTavish, CPTP leader. Lafarge strives to build better communities via its support for charitable projects in the fields of environment, education and sustainable construction. It is committed to an ongoing relationship with the Coastal Painted Turtle Project and is excited to be a part of sustaining the native freshwater turtle population in BC.

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Lafarge Rebuilds BC Salmon Hatchery with Sustainable Concrete

Lafarge Canada Inc. has partnered with the Mossom Creek Hatchery in Port Moody, BC operated by the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society to rebuild following a devastating fire in December 2013. The Hatchery was started by two high school teachers in 1976 with the aim of educating children about salmon and the environment. This week […]

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Migrating toads get a helping hand

The construction of the Ryder Lake Toad crossing is complete thanks to the hard work by GVA employees. A very big thank you to Brian Spear, Joe DeMelo, Dan Grauman, Brandon Bier, and Jeff Ralph!