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Union County goes green to save green

The Union County Secondary Roads Department is seeing some real savings in recycling, and helping the public and the environment at the same time. Union County Engineer Zach Gunsolley stated the department hired a contractor to crush old concrete to be reused as paved road shoulder material and surfacing for rock roads.

“It’s a win-win-win,” said Gunsolley, who said this is the second time in two years the department has done this kind of project. “The public and contractors drop off old broken concrete they can’t use at our yard for free, we get surfacing material at nearly half of the quarry price, and since it is already at our yard, we have lower travel time and fuel costs than going to the quarry to get similar material, which saves on fuel and lowers our impact on the environment.”

Gunsolley said this last crushing project yielded 4,048 tons of material. At $6.50 per ton, the cost to the county was $26,312, compared to what would have been a cost of $45,944.80 at the quarry at the price of $11.35 per ton.

“This is a savings of $19,632.80, which we can use to buy more surfacing material for frost boil or spot rocking needs next spring,” he said. “We still have many roads with rock needs, so we are finding ways to get as many tons as we can out of each taxpayer dollar.”

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