The Walbec Group pursues ecologically safe and environmentally sound methods of operation. We strongly believe that environmental sustainability is part of our responsibility to be good, involved community citizens. We are proud that our efforts have been recognized by many awards including winning the prestigious Ecological Award from the National Asphalt Pavement Association multiple times.
We are committed to meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Several of our products, programs and practices demonstrate this commitment:
Compliant and Progressive Facilities
All Walbec sites are maintained in conformance with state and federal air and water quality requirements. Aggregate sites are kept free of fugitive dust. Daily practices and state-of-the-art equipment and facilitates prevent spillage of petroleum products.
Recycled Asphalt Pavements
Payne and Dolan & Northeast Asphalt have been recycling asphalt pavements into new products for decades. As our society continues flowing toward sustainable development, we will continue to use recycled asphalt pavement (RAP) and work to increase the amount of RAP we put into pavements. Asphalt pavements are 100% recyclable.
- They are the most recycled product in America
- Recycled asphalt pavement is a one-to-one replacement of raw materials
- Recycling asphalt pavements saves landfill space
Recycled Asphalt Shingles
Payne and Dolan and Northeast Asphalt do not limit its recycling efforts to Recycled Asphalt Pavements. Products recycled from other industries and incorporated into new asphalt pavements include tires, glass, and foundry sand. One of the more recent developments in waste material reuse involves Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS). We are doing our part to stop this waste of an environmentally sensitive, economically viable and recyclable product.
- 10 million tons of waste shingles are produced each year in the United States
- 9.5 million tons (95%) of this waste goes into landfills
- Recycling asphalt shingles reduces demand for asphalt cement
- Using RAS lowers construction costs
- Recycling asphalt shingles saves landfill space
Reuse is not limited to the material in our pavements. The process of mixing asphalt requires the drying of the aggregate before it is mixed with asphalt cement. Most of our asphalt plants use recycled oil as a fuel source for heat generation.
- Recycling used oil reduces petroleum demand
- It is 100% recycled material
- Recycling used oil reduces need for oil disposal
Porous pavements can provide multiple environmental benefits. Full porous pavements placed over a recharge bed aids in storm water management. Instead of water running off the pavement and into storm drains, or into surface waters, storm water is allowed to drain through the pavement and then infiltrate the soil. This aids in overall site design and layout of a property. Many local governments have enacted regulations that limit the amount of impervious surfaces and impose minimum on-site storm water detention capacity. LEED® credits may also be obtained for using porous pavements.
- Less site design constraints
- Porous pavements reduce runoff/increase water filtration
- They also improve water quality
- Urban heat island effects are reduced by porous pavements
- Porous pavements increase water detention capacity
Reusing the Rubble
Rubblization is a sustainable pavement reconstruction technique. Failing concrete pavement is left in place and rubblized (fractured) and used as the base for a new asphalt pavement.
- Rubblization decreases construction time
- Rubblization reduces need for new base material
- It also eliminates trucking of new base material
- Recycles concrete in place
- Saves time and money
The Walbec Group Environmental Policy
Protecting our shared environment is of fundamental importance to the Walbec Group of companies. To support this goal, our companies will:
- Comply with or exceed all applicable environmental regulations
- Promote an innovative range of products and processes that considers environmental impact during all lifecycle phases including design, manufacture, construction, use, maintenance, and reuse
- Use natural resources, including raw materials, energy, and water as efficiently as possible
- Protect the health and safety of our employees and surrounding communities and ecosystems
- Ensure that all employees are aware of this policy and trained in their applicable environmental responsibilities
- Regularly review environmental performance and strive for continuous improvement
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Green Program Tier 1 Participant Since 2017
This program provides the Walbec Group with the tools to be a powerful, sustainable force for environmental good and to enhance productivity, cut costs and strengthen the health of our culture and community.
Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program Participant Since 2016
This program is a recognition and assessment program for Wisconsin businesses who are interested in improving and being recognized for their sustainability initiatives. It provides the Walbec Group with a benchmark and the ability to compare our sustainability performance to other companies.