We have adopted a company-wide environmental management system with a goal to conserve natural resources and minimize waste through:
Argos’ facilities are committed to being a good neighbor, serving as an active, positive force in the community, and working toward cleaner and greener operations. Argos is proud to lead the industry in the number of ready mix plants with National Ready Mix Association’s (NRMCA's) Green-Star certification. Over 60 of our plants have gone through NRMCA's rigorous certification process that recognizes operations within the ready mix industry that have achieved or are actively working toward environmental excellence.
In addition, in support of Argos’ drive for sustainability, many of our plants participate in the Wildlife Habitat Council’s “Wildlife at Work” program, which creates, conserves and restores wildlife habitats on corporate land.
Key environmental practices include:
Where our plants are near residential development, we take extra steps, such as using dust collectors and street sweepers, to maintain low levels of fugitive dust emissions. In some cases we have even landscaped the plant property to make it more appealing to the eyes of near neighbors.
We have helped lead and direct industry values by participating in the Carolinas Ready Mixed Concrete Association and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association's Environmental Committees and Forums.
The recently expanded Cementos Argos S.A. cement plant in Cartagena is one of the most modern in Latin America, incorporating technology from 21 countries on five continents. It includes vertical mills and dry technology, which provide large savings in power and water consumption, and special sleeve filters and covered storage to minimize emissions of loose particles. The expansion was designed according to European Union environmental standards, which are even stricter than those of the United States.