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Quarry and recycling business does its part for the environment

Greenfleet is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the community reduce the environmental impact of travel, business and lifestyle choices by adopting low-carbon alternatives and biosequestration. It offsets greenhouse gas emissions by planting forests that soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow.
For every 1000 tonnes of material delivered to Sydney Water, Benedict Sand & Gravel plants 38 trees. In the period from July 2010 to August 2011, Benedict has already planted 1150 trees and offset 308 tonnes of carbon.
As a key component of its tender to Sydney Water, Benedict Sand & Gravel has also proposed to offset the carbon emissions generated through the transport of its quarried and recycled materials to all Sydney Water sites throughout the greater Sydney region.
As well as offsetting greenhouse gas, this action will also help to improve water quality, reduce soil degradation and provide essential habitat for native species.
?Planting trees is an essential step to creating permanent, biodiverse native forests that offset greenhouse gas,? remarked Benedict Industries sales and marketing manager Mick Williams. ?It?s simple and effective. With 2011 being the International Year of the Forests, we feel it?s important ? now and always ? to positively contribute to environment issues.?
To ensure that carbon credits can be certified, it is essential to ensure the forest will exist for 100 years.
For further information about the Greenfleet program, and how your operation may be able to assist with carbon offsetting measures, visit www.greenfleet.com.au
Sources: Benedict Industries/Access PR, Greenfleet

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