Environmental Sustainability

SRM believes in honoring and protecting the earth to the best of our abilities. To help preserve our planet for generations to come, we are increasingly focused on introducing sustainability-minded practices and processes that help us manage natural resources more responsibly. From sustainable mining practices to recycling concrete, we are committed to respecting our world.

Berms and Buffers

It is no secret that quarry operations are noisy. Blasting, crushing, conveying, loading, and hauling material is inherently loud. At SRM Materials we are committed to reducing the noise impact on our neighbors in the community. One of the most common and effective methods of noise reduction we leverage is the use of berms and buffers.

 

Geothermal Home Office

When it comes to renewable energy, there are many types that can be employed to be more sustainable. Many industry professionals believe Geothermal Systems are the greenest and best form of renewable energy. When SRM Concrete decided to build their new Home Office, they knew that a highly sustainable geothermal system was the right choice.

 

Water Conservation

Water is vital in the production of concrete, not only in the final product, but in every step of the batching process. From pre-soaking aggregates before they hit the mix to washing trucks down before they hit the road, water is utilized in every step. Since our concrete plants consume such high levels of water, we care about its conservation.

 

Controlling Particulate Emissions with Wet Suppression

One of the environmental challenges aggregate producers face is particulate emissions. SRM Materials, the aggregate division of SRM, has taken extensive measures to keep our air and product clean. We utilize several different dust suppression systems at our quarries depending on the topography, capacity, and resources of the sites.

 

18.07%

Cement Replacement


> 63,000

Metric Tons of Recycled Concrete


69%

Fleet meets or exceeds GHG14


> 60%

Off-road equipment
meet Tier 4 Final


Preserving & Harnessing

At SRM, we understand the value of our waterways. Our materials division, SRM Materials, uses a system of rivers to deliver and receive materials to and from our plants. Hauling materials to our concrete plants via barges and waterways requires significantly less energy than other methods like truck or rail.

 

No Concrete Left Behind

We produce a large amount of concrete at SRM, wasting it is not something we like to do. SRM Concrete strives toward zero concrete waste by utilizing precast applications and recycling returned concrete. Each of our plants have barrier block forms that we pour concrete into. These concrete blocks can then be used in many ways, but typically are stacked on each other creating large walls.

 

Dust Suppression in Ready Mix Production

One of the most important ingredients in the production of ready-mix concrete is cement. Cement is the binding material that when mixed with aggregates and water create concrete. Cement is pneumatically transferred from tanker trailers to overhead silos. The dust from this process is controlled by using fabric filter container houses.

 

43

Plants Using Type 1L Cement


67%

Plants Equipped with Central Dust Collectors


2,970

Batteries Recycled in 2021


140,000

Gallons of Oil Recycled in 2021


Impact Stories

Jim White Named Chief Sustainability Officer

Jim White has been named Chief Sustainability Officer of SRM Concrete. Jim, who formerly served as the Environmental Director of Tennessee, was the first choice to fill the newly created position. As the Chief Sustainability Officer, Jim will oversee company-wide compliance with local and federal environmental guidelines and ensure SRM is responsibly stewarding creation.

Oyster Bed Restoration

Oysters are essential to the livelihood of our waterways. They act as living, breathing filters in our rivers and oceans. In order to maximize the oysters' effectiveness, they need to be elevated on beds of rock. That's why our team in Houston, Texas helped restore an oyster bed in the Buffalo Bayou by placing 1/2" limestone along the banks.

 

Using Excess Concrete to Build Fish Habitats

SRM Concrete has begun using our excess concrete to build 'reef modules' to help the biologists at the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources increase the number of fish habitats at some offshore artificial reefs. SRM builds the habitats by pouring concrete into forms specifically designed to house the species of fish native to the Coastal Carolina region.

Planting Orange Trees in Tallahassee

Our team in Tallahassee, Florida celebrated Earth Day 2022 by planting a few orange trees at our concrete plants in the area. Soon, our team members will enjoy some shaded spots to eat lunch and fresh fruit to take home.

 

U Dig It Community Garden

Our Block Division in Ludington, Michigan donated a load of concrete block to the U Dig It Community Garden to be used to build 12 new raised garden beds. These beds will be tended by the community, and the fresh produce will be used to supply the local food banks with healthy options for those in need.