Entire Concrete was founded in 2007 with the first concrete being poured from their McDougall’s Hill plant in 2008. The company was formed with a view to employ local people, where possible to shop locally, and to engage within the local community through sponsoring sport, schools, individuals and medical causes. As an extension of the need to act as a corporate citizen who contributed to their community, Entire Concrete, the home of green trucks, decided to go green, in 2010.
Our strategy included moving toward long term sustainability with a view to become increasingly self-sufficient over time. Many employees had young children entering local schools and the message that they were bringing home loud and clear was, “you need to protect our environment Dad.”
One of the company’s first major commitments to pursuing a green policy was the installation of a concrete recycler. The first advantage of installing a concrete recycler was to reduce waste, and in doing so eliminate the need for excess landfill and potential soil contaminants. The second advantage was that it allowed Entire Concrete to recycle the raw materials utilised in the manufacturing of concrete, including aggregates (rocks) sands, and cementitious materials (i.e. cement powder and flyash).
Although costly to install and maintain, over time the environmental benefits of recycling concrete shall far outweigh the early economic setbacks.
The third step toward reducing Entire Concrete’s reliance on our natural environment was to harvest the rainwater that fell on site.
Entire currently harvests approximately 450,000 litres of water on site prior to it reaching stormwater.
The large on site ground water and roof water tanks enable the company to be close to 80 per cent self-sufficient in respect of their water usage.
The cost of installing the water harvesting project and water reticulation system is now realising both environmental and economic benefits as a consequence of their reduced reliance on town water in the production of concrete on site.
The company’s most recent green initiative was to “go solar”. After a due diligence process taking three months it was decided to install the solar system through Metro Solar, an Australian-based engineering firm who offered the new and innovative micro inverter technology. In short, micro inverter technology claims to be more efficient than traditional solar panel technology as the power is drawn from each panel individually, as opposed to a collective of panels.
Economically, the upfront cost of installing a 29.89 KW solar system was approximately $52,000, with the reduction in long-term energy bills yet to be realised. In time, it is envisaged the cost of ongoing energy bills can be reduced by over two thirds of their previous average. This is significant given the cost of electricity within NSW.
“Today the power generated through the use of a solar technology is sufficient to power the company’s on site concrete recycler and water reticulation programs, another step in the road towards onsite self-sufficiency.”