Doing Our Part for the Environment

Plate Locks Help You Create Environmentally Safe and Sustainable Practices In Your Underground Utility Business

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In today’s world, it is more important than ever to be concerned with the environment, sustainability and to be practicing sustainable methods.

You need to not only be concerned about the safety of your employees and the public, but also about environmental safety.

By using Plate Locks to secure your trench plates, instead of cold mix, you can help keep streams and drinking water clean and healthy and our ozone layer strong.

By specifying Plate Locks for your construction jobs you will be obtaining sustainable benefits such as –

  • Reusable and recyclable
  • No VOC’s
  • No run-off of petroleum and sediments that wash into storm drains and end up in our rivers
  • Safer and cleaner jobsites


From a report titled –
“The Preliminary Analysis of the Impact of Cold Mix Asphalt Concretes on Air and Water Quality”

By E. A. Kuhn, Washington State University 2004

This report revealed that more than 369,000 tons of cut-backs were used to make cold mix asphalt in 2001. A cut-back is a petroleum product that is added to asphalt and allows it to remain pliable in cold temperatures. This means that 739 million pounds or over 100 million gallons of petroleum were used as a cut-back agent in cold mix asphalt in that year. This is a huge number in itself, but when adding the fact that 1 gallon of petroleum has the potential to pollute 1 million gallons of drinking water, we now know that cold mix has the potential to pollute over 100 trillion gallons of drinking water per year.

To put this into perspective –

On March 20, 1989 the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.9 million gallons of petroleum into the Prince William Sound off the coast of Alaska.

This was considered to be one of the most devastating human-caused environmental disasters ever to occur in history. And yet in the United States we allow almost 10 times that amount to leach into the ground every year through the use of cold mix.

Regarding air quality and VOC’s –

A VOC or Volatile Organic Compound causes the formation of ozone and smog which is regulated by the EPA due to the potential health hazards.

If you take the same 100 million gallons of petroleum used to manufacture cold mix, and times that by the 3.5 pounds of VOC’s contained in every gallon you now have more than 350 million pounds of VOC’s introduced into the atmosphere every year.

Saving our natural resources –

Along with the massive amounts of petroleum we waste every year on cold mix we also use more than 3.7 billion pounds of asphalt and this doesn’t even account for the aggregate used.

Be the change you want to see and make sure you specify PLATE LOCKS for all of your construction projects!

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