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Date 08/02/2010

Lafarge Establishes Roofing Shingles Recycling Initiative With Heritage Environmental Services

Denver, CO

Lafarge North America Inc.


Lafarge North America continues to make a difference when it comes to its contribution to the environment. At its Pecos Asphalt Plant, located in North Denver, Lafarge's West US Asphalt and Paving business unit announced an arrangement with Heritage Environmental Services.


At its Pecos Asphalt Plant, located in North Denver, Lafarge's West US Asphalt and Paving business unit announced an arrangement with Heritage Environmental Services that will keep recyclable shingles out of our local landfills. This program is part of a strategic alliance between Owens Corning and Heritage Environmental Services to make shingle recycling easy for contractors and homeowners.


Starting on June 24, Heritage Environmental is accepting old shingles at its newly created recycling center at the Lafarge Asphalt plant. The shingles are coming from local contractors who are replacing roofs in the Denver metro area. Previous practice required these contractors to bring old shingles to local landfills at a cost to them and to the environment. Now, the shingles are brought to this new recycling center and recycled onsite. The recycled material is then provided to Lafarge and used in the production of our asphalt.


Shingles contain a high level of asphalt cement, which is essential in the making of asphalt. The recycled shingles are used as a substitute for the liquid oil, which is currently a component of the mix. The use of shingles produces an equal or better quality asphalt product, and using the recycled material saves on landfilling.


"This new arrangement makes great environmental and business sense", said Steve Burnside, General Manager of Lafarge's Front Range Asphalt business. "Heritage incorporates an incredible safety and quality control process, which includes checking for asbestos and removing any wood or nails from the shingles. For Lafarge, this venture stays true to our commitment to safety and means the shingles we receive are in impeccable condition and will not affect our final product - which is critical to our business and to our customers."


"We look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with Lafarge," added Rodney Pierce from Heritage Environmental Services. "Lafarge shares the same commitment to safety and the environment as we do. The creation of this relationship allows us to reduce our contribution to local landfills, while saving our contractors any additional expense. It's a win-win situation for all involved."


Joëlle Lipski-Rockwood,
Communications Director


The Lafarge Group is the world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in all of its businesses: Cement, Aggregates & Concrete and Gypsum. With 78,000 employees in 78 countries, the Group posted sales of 15.9 billion Euros in 2009. Lafarge North America Inc. ("Lafarge North America" or "Lafarge"), a Lafarge Group company, is the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada.

In 2010 and for the sixth year in a row, the Lafarge Group was listed in the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World". With the world's leading building materials research facility, the Lafarge Group places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

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